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Hezbollah seeks 'partnership government'

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Hezbollah seeks 'partnership government'


Talks to agree upon the make up of Lebanon’s new coalition government are set to begin later on Monday.

Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s previous administration collapsed two weeks ago after the withdrawal of Shiite group Hezbollah.

Its leader said it would work with any political party if their candidate for premier wins a parliamentary majority.

“We do not call for a one party government and do not want to exclude any political party in this country. We respect all their representatives,” said Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah.

“However, we do have differences of opinion on who should fill the important position of prime minister.”

Hezbollah pulled out of al-Hariri’s government earlier this month because of its support for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which it labels as a US-Israeli plot.

The tribunal is expected to indict Hezbollah members over the 2005 killing of then prime minister Rafik al-Hariri.

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