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New Lebanese Government Wins Confidence Vote


Lebanon's new government has won an overwhelming vote of confidence in parliament, clearing the way for parliamentary elections next month.

Najib Mikati
After two days of debate, the new cabinet led by Prime Minister Najib Mikati won 109 votes in the 128-member parliament.

Shortly after Wednesday's vote, parliament Speaker Nabih Berri confirmed that elections will be held over several weekends starting May 29.

The cabinet approval comes one day after Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Shara informed the United Nations that Damascus has completed the withdrawal of all Syrian forces from Lebanon.

A United Nations team is verifying the pullout, and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan says he is investigating allegations that Syrian military intelligence personnel remain inside Lebanon in new positions.

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