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Monday
Jan242011

Hezbollah Candidate May Lead New Lebanese Government

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(BEIRUT, Lebanon) -- Following the fall of its government just two weeks ago, Lebanon may have a new prime minister with the backing of the militant group Hezbollah.

Hezbollah is expected to nominate Najib Mikati to be the nation's new premier.

Mikati, a former Lebanese prime minister and a billionare, served as the nation's chief in 2005 in a caretaker government which preceded parliamentary elections.

Mikati came into his wealth as the creator of Investcom, a telecommunications company.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman spoke with lawmakers on Monday as the process began to choose a new prime minister, following the fall of the coalition led by Saad Hariri.

A Hezbollah-led coalition walked out of the government in mid-January in protest of a United Nations-led inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. Hezbollah claims the inquisition was targeted against them by the United States.

The U.S. has made clear its intentions to cease all aid to Lebanon in the event of a Hezbollah-controlled government because of its alleged ties to al Qaeda.

Although the rules of Lebanese government do not allow Hezbollah to take full control, this move would give the group more power in policy-making decisions.

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