Hariri's government wins Lebanese parliament vote

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Hariri's government wins Lebanese parliament vote

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's government won a resounding vote of confidence from parliament on Thursday, paving the way for his expected visit to Syria for talks with the country's president.

Lebanon's new government, which backs Hezbollah's right to keep its arms, won the support of 122 of the 128-seat assembly. One deputy voted against while one abstained and four were absentees, speaker Nabih Berri said.

No date has been set for Hariri's expected trip to Syria for talks with President Bashar al-Assad, but Lebanese media have said that it could be this month.

Before the vote, Hariri told the assembly that Lebanon was looking for better relations with Arab countries.

"We specially look forward to Lebanese and Syrian relations founded on brotherly ties ... based on respecting the sovereignty of both countries," he said.

"People want electricity, people want clean environment, clean water and people want justice (in getting) education and health care," Hariri told the parliament.

Hezbollah holds 10 seats in Lebanon's 30-member unity government
formed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.



Reuters

Last Mod: 11 Aralık 2009, 17:33
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