With the balance of power shifting to their side, Hezbollah supporters have taken to the streets of Lebanon.
The Shi’ite movement’s leader hailed the appointment of the new Sunni premier as a way of easing tension. Hassan Nasrallah was speaking via video link to a rally in the ancient city of Baalbeck.
“The Lebanese have a chance to close ranks” he said, urging the Hariri camp to participate in the cabinet.
But Saad al-Hariri has vowed not to take part. Hezbollah and its allies walked out of his caretaker administration in a row over the UN-backed tribunal probing the murder of Hariri’s statesman father Rafik. It is expected to accuse Hezbollah members of involvement in the killing in 2005. The group denies any role.