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. AskMe

    YESSSS!!!!! Maybe Israel will have some quiet now (at least from the north!)

    January 12, 2011 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      These turkey's will not be missed.. ha ha ha

      January 12, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • .

      So you think Hezbollah are going to just resign and dissolve in Lebanese government, never to be heard from again!?

      That seems very naive to me.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      I'm not sure you understand what quitting the government means. They aren't part of the cabinet any more, but they're still in South Lebanon with thousands of rockets. Don't see how that gives Israel any peace. In any case, I do wonder where it goes now. Things had been quiet in Lebanon because the government was effectively deadlocked. Looks like Hezbollah is forcing a collapse to jockey for more power.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Yep Israel needs the quiet to start settling in south Lebanon.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..

      While I agree hezbollah is nuts, Israel is a way bigger nut.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Israel is the USA's North Korea (rogue nation that make us look bad to rest of world) but do admit with their neighbors are the lowest of the low people on earth.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      Yeah...because the last Israeli occupation of South Lebanon ended wonderfully for them.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Obama needs to grow a pair and quit vetoing all the UN sanctions/actions against Israel (we veto many unanimous votes against Israel). That will get their land stealing butts to pay attention and quit making the USA look like it supports a rogue nation.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • greenhands

      Terror creates Terror...There was no Hezbollah or Hamas before, after the Israeli continous aggresions against lebanon and palest-s for many yrs and refusing any peace solution, little by little Hamas & Hezbollah were born....so as u see: Terrorizing ppl will create terrors.
      If Israel does not step on and agree on at least the 1967 borders solutions,....then you might see even worse than Hez. & Hamas born...
      peace & Justice 4 Alll

      January 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Are you stupid? How will they have quiet time now when Hezbollah is in charge?

      January 12, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      How will they have quiet time with Hezbollah in charge?

      January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      Not realy. Hezbollah probably will end up in Gaza with all their long range missiles and closer to Israel than they were before.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • rsfitzs


      You're an idiot!


      You are right on point! I live in Lebanon and I know first hand what is transpiring! Remember, Hezbollah is a terrorist ground that would dearly love to see the demise of the U.S. It is in the U.S.interests to see that Hebollah does not gain anymore strength than it already has and to hell with with Isreal. The Lebanese people have suffered grievously and the collapse of their government does NOT bode well for peace in Lebanon nor the Middle East.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arne

      This is very bad news for Israel since they lost their biggest intimidation factor, blaming the Lebanese government for Hezbollah's actions. Now if Israel strikes infrastructure targets in Lebanon it will receive wholesale condemnation and accusations of war crimes. Hezbollah on the other hand is much freer to act since they are no longer restricted by attempts at moderation to sway "coalition partners". Now I expect Hezbollah to attempt some small scale activities on the border to bolster their resistance claims, most likely in the Ghajar or Sheeba Farms areas.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      greenhands: There was no Hezbollah or Hamas before...

      Well, there was PLO, Islamic Jihad, various Palestinian "fronts" Abu Nidal Organization, you name it... Arab terrorist groups come and go, Arab terrorism remains.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      @Franky Speaking..: "Hezbollah terrorist organization; Israel terrorist self-proclaimed state Now you tell me which one's a bigger terrorist"

      It seems that YOU're a bigger terrorist... Unless you live in a state proclaimed by someone else, of course.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • RamRod

      There won't be any quiet. There will be a power struggle and all sides will be looking to take a shot at Israel.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thinker23

      @Arne: This is very bad news for Israel since they lost their biggest intimidation factor, blaming the Lebanese government for Hezbollah's actions.

      You must be extremely naive, Arne, if you believe that the Lebanese government will somehow NOT be responsible for Hezbollah actions after Hezbollah quits. Do you know that KKK is NOT part of the US Government? Do you believe that this frees the US Government from the responsibility of their actions?

      January 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Initiate for Free Lebanon

      I just pointed my finger at someone and that person in turn just pointed it at another. And as the finger pointing initiative continues, so does the collapse of every firm value and belief, we as normal God fearing citizens of the world have to bear, which is the prosperity of our own patch of grass, and not just for us...if i love my family i would want to lay a road-map for their futures and values as well... most of us anyway....cant speak for some. When you consider how deeply divided this country is, especially amongst the people, its a wonder how its still standing at all.... its time we give Lebanon back to the Lebanese people. Time to execute change. (Initiative for Free Lebanon)

      January 13, 2011 at 6:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Keith

    "Hezbollah movement"? Movement?! CNN, you meant to write "Hezbollah terrorist organization".

    January 12, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Gitty

      Yes, like the founding and still memebers of the Knesset

      January 12, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SP is an idiot

      Hezbollah and Hamas are Iranian proxies, terrorist organizations, committed to murdering Jews.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      SP / Gitty – DId your Iranian minders let you on the net for 30 mins for good behavior today?

      January 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Everyone in the region is pretty much a terrorist including Israel. The only difference is unlike the Arabs who are only good for providing commodities Jews actually do add to the world economy.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..

      I will comply with you Keith..

      Hezbollah terrorist organization
      Israel terrorist self-proclaimed state

      Now you tell me which one's a bigger terrorist

      January 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Its actually quite easy to pretty much loathe every country in this region. You don't have to like Arabs to think Israel is just as bad as their goat farming neighbors. Can't wait for cheap easy fusion so we can stop giving these idiots $$$.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @Franky Speaking Self proclaimed state? Bothered looking at any history books buddy? Guess not.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • ProudAmerican

      I agree with ya. To bad we don't let Isreal do what it needs to do.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Marduk

      More like "popular movement," proven on both the political street and the battlefield.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
    • Fadi

      Yes, Hezbollah is a legitimate political movement and a powerful military force.

      You illiterate Keith, if they were a terrorist party like Israel, your ass would have been in smoke.

      The Hezbollah are more powerful than Israel the 2006 proved. Since Israel can't face them on the ground, Israel is using America and the United Nations to defeat them. But, Hizbollah proved pragmatic and smart, so, the move to resign from the government is meant to block any success for the US and Israeli draft resolution or UN tribunal seeking the help if the Lebanese government in implementation. I really believe this Arab force (hizbollah) will liberate Palestine. They are smart and well equipped to do so. My message to Israel, enjoy the land while you can, Palestine will be liberated in the near future. Read the history books to see how the Crusaders left Palestine after almost 150 years of occupation.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @Fadi Yeah I guess you consider putting military arms inside of civilian structures smart. I consider it cowardly, which is exactly what Hezbollah is. Legitimate? Sure, as legitimate as any iranian puppet militia. They are nothing but thugs, and their time will soon come to an end. It'll come to an end much more quickly the next time they provoke Israel, that much is guaranteed my friend.

      Yes, let me come and try and "liberate" palestine. I'll be waiting with baited breath.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • RamRod

      @Frankly speaking. Hezbolah without a doubt. When you have a loved one killed by these dogs, like I have during the barracks bombing, then you can come back here and have a discussion with us adults.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Arne

      @Fadi Hezbollah is a Persian puppet, fully financed and armed by Iran and without that financial backing they would collapse. Their pragmatic approach is to engage in activities that are designed to rain down wholesale slaughter on civilian population centers, and targeting of civilians to the exclusion of the military is universally agreed to be a war crime. Israel showed restraint last time both in tactics and use of arms. They also used only a small fraction of their military believing mistakenly that the Air Force could achieve victory single handedly. They have since revamped and heavily modernized their reserve forces so they can easily engage in a protracted ground campaign. Next time I expect Hezbollah to kill and maim thousands of Israeli civilians, a larger number than all Israel's previous wars combined, which will cause Israel to do its' best to annihilate Hezbollah and to occupy Lebanon up to Beirut once again. Hezbollah will never liberate Palestine but they can definitely rely upon becoming martyrs to the cause.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackson

    um, this is bad. it means Hezbollah wanted more power than it had in that government. it means they want a more hated filled policy towards Israel. it means they want to be more like Iran than Iraq. this is not good. Hezbollah did not "quit" to go away, they did so to gain more power.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • JC

      Lets blame this on Sara Palin as well.... on https://bristolpalin.com I saw a funny article about how obama would be the onw to bring peace in M.E. Lebanon is strikingly similiar to israel now. They have nice high end condos being built by right wing peace lovers and are forced to live and politicize side by side with a bunch gorilla warefare groups. I think Israel and Lebanon should offer to trade the palestinians for the civilized side of lebanon and we have a interesting quiet for a while.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  4. PlanoStu

    actually, this is a bad sign for Israel. It wants to make up a more vicious government, a war government to attack Israel. Trust me, it wont be so quiet.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • jl taylor

      I along with tens of millions of Americans and other world citizens are tired of the Islam against Israel story. I wish that
      they would go ahead and end this conflict with all out war including the use of nuclear bombs. Let the strong survive.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..

      @ ji taylor

      Why on earth do you see this as an Islam vs Israel war ?? Lets put things in context mayt, its an oppressed natives vs oppressive occupying force contest. You percieve it otherwise because thats how you want it to be like.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      Who cares let them fight. They are fighting since the ancient time. Why stop now? Once you killed each other off the land, the Chinese or the Indian will populate the land anyway. They need land badly.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Robin

    Good riddance to bad baggage! What good do they do for the government anyhow? puh

    January 12, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. ray P

    Hay, they are tea party of lebanon!got it?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aisha

    Hey , come on. Israel killed just as much men, women and children during this horrible back and forth drama. They are both to blame. Look at the real facts and hidden truths.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Wow, already anti-Israel rhetoric. The real issue here is the world is about to have a fully empowered terrorist organization heading up Lebanon. That's the fact.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Of course Israel looks to be left alone while these terrorists start it all by bombing civilians on purpose. Your comment is either supremely ignorant or just a stupid hate-filled bunch of words.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • richunix

      However it has some truth to it, but only by accident. But Israeli DID not start the conflict nor does it wish to keep it going on year after year. But not the case with the cowardly thugs called HEZBOLLAH", they wish to see this continued, even though it costs their own citizenry. Yes I called the HEZBOLLAH fighters THUGs, there are not warriors nor do they even know how to be a true warrior. I fought the Iraq’s and Afghans and learned one thing, they were neither brave or disciplined, but they sure knew how to lay down ineffective fire. Sorry I have no respect towards cowards that call themselves “warriors”

      January 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..

      "...israel killed just as many men.."..No it did not! It killed a lot more, the order of magnitude is incomparable.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. Buck

    These people are as smart as anyone. The big difference is hatred. It blurs the mind and limits a nation potential

    January 12, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..

      so true Buck, now take a step back and contemplate on how much you hate them. If you do not have the guts to face the truth, well then leave it alone. Its not you who has been thrown out of your house, its the palestinians so go on live your life and let them deal with their problem.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  9. Harriri

    This is really bad for moderate Arabs, Israeli's, America, and anyone looking for stability in the region. This is probably a beginning of a civil war that has been simmering since Harriri the firsts assasination.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Susan

    Why are you concerned about israel the real terrorlsts hezbollah is a protection for lebonon and palestine

    January 12, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      What kjool-aid are you drinking today? Hiz starts wars by shooting THOUSANDS of rockets into cities and towns in unprovoked violence which results in a war. They aren't protectors, they are nothing less than well-financed thugs like the drug cartels feeding of the hatred and/or ignorance of people like you.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • YMiri

      @Jim, you are correct in that they are not there to really protect, but only to advance an agenda – but wrong that Israel only responds to unprovoked attacks.
      Some attacks are unprovoked, and many are provoked. They also use many weapons that are illegal in war and cause very large civilian casualties.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  11. YMiri

    To those that are posting 'good riddance', you know nothing about the politics there. These guys are not going anywhere. If anything, they want a stronger presence. I was born and raised in Lebanon and these guys including Iran, Syria, and Israel are ruining our beautiful country.
    Lebanese people just want to live in peace and prosperity; But unfortunately it is being used as a battle ground because no one wants an all out war so Iran and Syria use Hizbollah to make a point, and Israel uses Hizbollah (and in turn Lebanon) to make it's points and the only ones that pay the price are the Lebanese.
    They prey on the Shiite population on the country as they are usually more fundamentalist than the Muslims and the Christians as well as on their economic status in the country since the Shiite are not as prosperous.
    Lebanon is a very open, liberal, and westernized country but this tug of war that is going on around it is destroying it.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • YMiri

      "usually more fundamentalist than the *Sunni Muslims and the Christians"

      January 12, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
    • M47

      Probably the sanest comment I've read to date about Lebanon on this site. Well said.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • ItsMe

      LOVE your comment. thanks for saying it so wisely and giving a voice to us lebanese when everyone else around here seems to forget that we're the ones stuck in this unforgiving mud.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Why are you including Israel with the likes of Iran and Syria? If you didn't have terrorist organizations leading your country and firing rockets into civilian towns to start a war, Israel wouldn't need to send its men and women into harms way to defend itself. Israel gains from these wars as much as the Lebanese people do: nothing. Iran gains and Syria gains, so let's put the blame where the blame is due.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..


      can you explain me how a "westernized country" is any better than a "non-westernized country" ? Are your relatives in terms of industrialization, if so you should refer to it as an "industrialized country". If you intend to point out the health care, your reference should be "developed country".

      Get my point ? a westernized country would imply a geographical nomenclature. The country with the highest GDP (Bahrain) falls on the east side of the map so the next time you want to raise a parallel in terms of economy, the right word would be "easternized country". If you are from lebanon, you have only belittled your country

      January 12, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ymiri

      @Franky Speaking
      Westernized is a matter of fact. Nothing else. The Lebanese are very Americanized and have a lot of influence from the French culture as well.
      You are reading way too much into that word and getting worked up over nothing. The point of the matter was simply that they have many of the same beliefs and habits of the West.
      I don't know much about Bahrain, but I wouldn't guess I would see too many clubs, drinking, or girls in bikinis walking around freely on the beach. Not saying one is better than the other, simply a matter of fact.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Gwashington

    Everyone in the world knows that Israel assassinated Hariri. This is alll in Israel's game of chess within the region. Remember that we first blamed Syria for the murder, this blame forced Syria to leave Lebanon and then Israel bombed 1/4 lebanon for 2 captures soldiers for 30 days.

    Now we have a new story that Hezbollah was behind the assasination. Israel through its influence of America has gotten a bogus world court to investigate and blame the assassination on Hezbollah to deligimatize hezbollah in the worlds eyes.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
    • YMiri

      @Gwashington – I think they should all just F off and let the Lebanese be. That includes Israel, Iran, and Syria.
      The best thing we have done in the past 30 years has been kicking Syria out.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Yeah because Hezbollah is just an innocent pawn, right? Moron.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • The Jews did it!

      The Jews also control the US Senate, White House, the media, world banks, Russia, and everything else. Let's blame everything on the Jews. Egypt blames shark attacks on the "the Jews". Saudi Arabia has a bird on trial because it is obviously a Mossad agent of the dreaded Zionists. The Jews did it! The Jews did it! There is nothing wrong in Muslim-land. Whatever is wrong is because of the Jews.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  13. Mike

    I am not sure who hates who. We are on their land telling what to do. I think we should let them decide their own destiny.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Justice will prevale.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Trash

      Your ignorance is shiny.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Franky Speaking..



      January 12, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Harout

      And your anme is the right one for you.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harout


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  14. Dude 666

    I poop

    January 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Trash

      Therefore you are stinky.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Jews did it!

    Gwashington is part of that age-old ilk that blames the Jews for everything bad. Truth and reality don't matter. The Jews did it, he screams.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
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