Hezbollah, allies quit Lebanon's unity government
Hezbollah supporters march in southern Beirut last month during Ashura commemorations.
January 12th, 2011
11:13 AM ET

Hezbollah, allies quit Lebanon's unity government

[Updated at 11:13 a.m.] Lebanon's unity government collapsed Wednesday after Minister of State Adnan Sayyed Hussein turned in his resignation, the 11th Cabinet member to do so.

[Posted at 10:26 a.m.] Members of the powerful Hezbollah movement and its allies resigned from Lebanon's unity government Wednesday, raising fears of renewed political crisis in the region.

As the Lebanese government faced collapse, Prime Minister Saad Hariri was meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

It would take 11 resignations in the 30-member Cabinet to dissolve Hariri's unity government. The opposition bloc, known as the March 8 Alliance, has 10 members. It's not clear whether an 11th member would join with the other 10 to dissolve the government.

Lebanon's government has been at an impasse over the United Nations-backed tribunal's investigation of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the current premier's father. It is widely expected the tribunal will indict members of Shiite Muslim Hezbollah, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Hezbollah has blamed Israel for the 2005 bombing that killed Hariri and has pressured the government to denounce the tribunal's probe.

Opposition member Fadi Abboud said the opposition bloc had been calling for a Cabinet session to discuss the tribunal and met Wednesday to discuss what action to take.

Attempts to resolve the dispute have failed so far. Michel Aoun, a Christian member of parliament who heads the Free Patriotic Movement, said a Saudi-Syrian initiative had reached a dead end.

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  1. A Different Mike

    Can't we all just get along?

    January 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. fishfry001

    Yawn...

    January 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patriot

    @ASDF – Just blame it on Jews. When it doubt, that is always good.

    Maybe if you stopped dealing in suppositions and looked at facts in historical perspective, you might learn a thing or two. Hamas and Hezbollah are what they are, killers who will stop at nothing. Guys like you drink their kool aid and rationalize their actions. Tell you what, when they stop shooting rockets at ciities, stop trying to randomly kill people they don't like, and seriously negotiate in good faith with a recognized nation, I might listen to your blather.

    January 12, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    @seekthetruth: It's all one big conspiracy! There was a golf match on CBS between Tiger Woods and another asian golfer. The programming information for the golf tournament said when the asian golfer that beat Tiger Woods he became the first asian to do so. For those that don't know: Tiger is Thai, Native American and African American. Tiger is actually mostly other races, but the media has taken the roll as conscience of the nation. Why not just be totally racist and say a pure bred asian beat a mutt in a round of golf? This country amazes me. How can so many dumb people have a college degree?

    January 12, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kevin F

    BTW –

    I heard that Juan Valdez is hosting a coffee brunch for USA and Venezuela. He makes a great cup of coffee.

    No Jews or Arabs Allowed.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Kevin F, Venezuela's leader Chavez does not like the good old USA, therefore you are a bonehead! Most latin America countries are in favor of the Arab states....Hello Kevin F.....where have you been?

      January 13, 2011 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. PartisanSheep

    Hezbollah and Unity are rarely said in the same sentence. All these groups want is power and money. It's the same story from around the world with different players.

    January 12, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. joe

    Who was behind The moujahidine in Afgahnestan against the Russians? The U S.
    Who tumbled the shah of Iran? the US
    Who brought Khomenini back to Iran? the US
    The US attacked Iraq for what? to strengthen the shiites. Who are the Shiites? Hezballah. So please wake up people It is all a game created by the US. They can start a war and stop another with a blink of an eye. They own all govs in the world of course they paid them good billions upon billions. why do you think this country is broke? its all hush hush but figure people figure . Please. stop your nonsense

    January 13, 2011 at 4:16 am | Report abuse |
  8. Dane Vallejo

    http://military-matters.blogspot.com/2011/01/collapse-of-saad-hariris-government-in.html
    Excellent blog on this issue for anyone who is interested in wider reading on the subject. Tense times are ahead for Lebannon

    January 13, 2011 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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