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Lebanon gets new government after months of wrangling

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Lebanon gets new government after months of wrangling


Lebanon has announced a new government five months after Hezbollah and its supporters toppled the Western backed coalition of Saad al-Hariri.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati has appointed a number of allies of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah to key posts, a move likely to cause concern in the west.

The new administration contains 16 Shi’ite ministers in a cabinet of 30, up from 10 last time round.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati called on Lebanon to back the new cabinet:

“We managed with the cooperation of all the concerned parties and with the help of the President of the Republic to resolve the obstacles to form a government, which we hope will gain your confidence and the confidence of your representatives in the parliament so that we can get down to work.”

Lebanese politics is never simple, just hours after the announcement one of the new ministers, Talal Arslane quit.

Hezbollah brought down the previous administration in a dispute over the UN-backed tribunal investigating the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

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