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    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Here are the key political parties and people in Lebanon's tenuous political situation:

    General Michel Aoun

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, a Maronite Christian, now allied with Hezbollah. Past prime minister and president of Lebanon during the civil war.


    Hassan Nasrallah

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Secretary General of the Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah, a political organization with a militant wing based in Lebanon. A popular political figure in Lebanon and the Arab world, Nasrallah is a driving force behind Hezbollah's ongoing military and political operations.


    Hezbollah

    Shi’ite Muslim political group supported by Iran and Syria. Islamist government patterned after Iran, rejecting compromise with US, Israel and Lebanese Christians. Designated as a terrorist organization by the US and Israel.


    March 14 Alliance

    A collection of nationalist parties opposed to Syrian involvement in Lebanon.


    March 8 Alliance

    Assorted opposition parties, including Hezbollah.

    Michel Sleiman

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Elected president in May, 2008. Maronite and former head of Lebanon’s army.

     

     

     



    Najib Mikati

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Billionaire businessman, Hezbollah's choice as prime minister, and newly-selected for the job. He had held the post for a short time in 2005.

     

     

     


    Nabih Berri

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Parliament speaker, Shi’ite and the head of Amal Movement since 1980.

     

     

     

     

    Rafiq Al-Hariri

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Former Prime Minister of Lebanon, 1992 to 1998 and from 2000 until he resigned in 2004. Billionaire tycoon who helped rebuild the devastated country after a 15-year civil war. Opposed Syrian military presence in Lebanon. Killed in a 2005 suicide bombing. Special UN Tribunal has been investigating his death and will likely blame Hezbollah.

     

    Saad Al-Hariri

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Son of former Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri. Prime Minister from 2009 until January 2011. A Western-backed Sunni and member of March 14th Alliance, he backs the UN Tribunal, despite opposition from Hezbollah allies.

     

     

    Walid Jumblatt

    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon
    Key Political Parties and Players in Lebanon

    Leader of Lebanon’s 200,000 Druze; once strongly supported the Tribunal, but in early 2011 swung his support behind Syria and Hezbollah.

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