Monday, January 17, 2011

Hezbollah And Allies Topple Lebanon Government

It should be noted that while I am no fan of Hezbollah, they brought down the Lebanon Government the 'right' way; that is as I understand it within the bounds of the countries laws and without violence. Unfortunately, that does not mean that the region will not have history repeat itself with violence breaking out in the near term over this.

"Ministers from Hezbollah and its allies resigned on Wednesday, toppling the Lebanese government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri before expected indictments against the Shi'ite group over the killing of Hariri's father.
Analysts said the resignations could set the stage for protracted political turmoil in Lebanon.

They played down prospects of a repeat of the violence of May 2008, when gunmen took over Beirut after government moves against Hezbollah. But Sunni power Saudi Arabia, which backs Hariri, warned the resignations "will cause clashes once again."

The Shi'ite Hezbollah has denied any role in the 2005 killing. Its leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, has attacked the tribunal as an "Israeli project" and urged Hariri to renounce it. The Sunni Muslim premier has resisted Hezbollah's demand.

Announcing the resignations, Christian government minister Gebran Bassil blamed Washington for obstructing the Saudi-Syrian efforts and called on Lebanon's president to "take the required steps for forming a new government."

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