Hariri supporters protest Lebanon PM nomination

Hariri said last week he would accept the outcome of the consultations for a new prime minister and would not resort to street protests.

Hariri supporters protest Lebanon PM nomination

Hundreds of supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri protested in north Lebanon on Tuesday against the expected nomination of Hezbollah-backed Najib Mikati to form the next government.

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman started a second day of consultations on Tuesday with Lebanese parliamentarians to name a prime minister to lead the new government.

Mikati has already secured the crucial backing of Druze leader Walid Jumblatt, swinging the balance of power in his favour.

Hariri backers have called for a "day of anger" after Hezbollah and its allies, who toppled Hariri's government two weeks ago in a dispute about indictments in the investigation of his father's killing, won support for Mikati to replace him.

"Some protesters burnt pictures of Mikati and waving blue flags of Hariri's Future Movement, which says it will not serve in any government dominated by the group.

Lebanon's power-sharing political system calls for the post of prime minister to be held by a Sunni.

Hezbollah and its allies walked out of Hariri's unity government on Jan. 12 in a dispute over still confidential indictments by a U.N.-backed tribunal which is investigating the 2005 killing of statesman Rafik al-Hariri, the premier's father.

Hariri supporters protested in several cities on Monday, burning tyres and blocking streets.

Politicians allied to Hezbollah have said the first priority of a government they form would be to cut links with the tribunal, which is expected to accuse Hezbollah members of involvement in the 2005 killing. Hezbollah denies any role, calls it "Israeli project".

Hariri said last week he would accept the outcome of the consultations for a new prime minister and would not resort to street protests.


Agencies

Last Mod: 25 Ocak 2011, 15:20
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