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Lebanon Opposition Agrees to Unity Government


Lebanon Opposition Agrees to Unity Government

Lebanon Opposition Agrees to Unity Government

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Lebanon's prime minister-designate is preparing to announce a new government after securing the opposition's support five months after winning the country's election.

Parliamentarians from both sides said Saturday that Saad Hariri reached a deal late Friday with the opposition, including the militant group Hezbollah. They say a new Cabinet could be formed within the next two days.

Officials say the new 30-minister Cabinet will include 15 ministers from Mr. Hariri's coalition, 10 from the opposition, and five to be appointed by President Michel Suleiman.

Mr. Hariri has been trying to form a government since the June general election, when his coalition defeated politicians allied with Hezbollah.

The Hariri coalition is supported by the United States and Saudi Arabia, while Hezbollah is backed by Syria and Iran.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.



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