Beirut has woken up with a Hariri prime minister again.
People interviewed saw the development as broadly positive as long as violence did not break out again, but some in the media note the majority’s new willingness to placate Hezbollah and its allies in the search for a unity government. “All I care about is that our country should live. The people have to live honestly,” said one man. Saad al-Hariri has a difficult task ahead reconciling the country’s very different factions. “Whoever wants to come here, let them. All we want is peace, we’re tired, we should live. This is a tourist country, not a base for war,” said a woman. Hariri was invited to take office by President Suleiman after 86 of the 128 members of the Lebanese parliament gave him their support. There was plenty of evidence at street corners that his nomination was good news for many, with the distributon of cakes in some areas. But he will need more than mere lawmakers to govern such a firecracker country.