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Hezbollah Leader Repeats Call for End of Siniora Government in Lebanon


The leader of the Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah has again called for the end of the government of Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Siniora.

In comments published Tuesday, in the As-Safir newspaper, Hassan Nasrallah said the Siniora government, has "zero" credibility, and a new government will soon replace it.

Monday, the Lebanese government approved a United Nations plan for an international court to try suspects in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

The approval of the U.N. plan came despite the resignation of six pro-Syrian ministers.

An ongoing U.N. inquiry has implicated Syrian officials in last year's truck bombing in Beirut that killed Hariri.

Prime Minister Siniora told the Reuters news agency that he would pursue political dialogue, but that demands by Hezbollah for more than a third of the cabinet seats are unacceptable.

Mr. Siniora said giving Hezbollah more than a third of the seats would allow the group to paralyze cabinet meetings and give the group the ability to topple the government.

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