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Lebanese PM Wins Confidence Vote Ahead of Syria Visit

Lebanon's Parliament has voted to support the country's first government since the end of Syrian dominance.

Lawmakers approved a confidence measure Saturday in a 92 to 14 vote. Two members abstained, and more than a dozen were absent during the vote.

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora unveiled the new government earlier this month, after three earlier attempts failed to win approval.

Sunday, he is due to travel to Damascus in an effort to strengthen ties strained since massive protests forced Syria to withdraw troops from the country.

Mr. Siniora has said good relations with Syria are crucial to Lebanon's future.

A key concern, however, is Syria's decision to block Lebanese trucks carrying goods across the border, due to security concerns.

Lebanon says the move hurts local exporters.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.