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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.
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.