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Lebanon PM appointment prompts protests

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Lebanon PM appointment prompts protests


The backlash against the appointment of Najib Mikati as prime minister-designate has been felt right across Lebanon.

Dubbed a ‘day of rage’, thousands of supporters of Saad al-Hariri took to the streets of the Northern city of Tripoli and set fire to an Al Jazeera TV truck.

The channel has been seen by many to favour Hezbollah. With fears the protests could spill over into wider sectarian violence, Hariri has urged calm.

‘‘Tripoli and the whole of the north of Lebanon have made their voices heard today but there are people who want to tarnish your message. As always I want to warn you to be careful and not to make any mistakes because our aim is not to seize power,’‘ Lebanon’s caretaker premier said.

In Beirut, there were also some small scale protests with Hariri loyalists overturning and burning several bins. That prompted the army to intervene by firing into the air. However no injuries were reported.

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