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. thatotherguy

    Killing women and children is easy, running a government is hard. Who would've guessed?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Oooo

    As a Christian living in Lebanon who normally supports Hezbollah's endeavors, this move worries me. This means Hezbollah is going to be changing it's objectives and looking for new goals. What those goals are remains to be seen, but it certainly worries me.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Hezbollah Goal Sheet:

      1. Kill Jews
      2. Kill Jews.
      3. Kill a couple Christians
      4. Lunch.
      5. Kill some kittens.

      Thats about it for the daily Hezbollah agenda.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • YMiri

      What worries me is how people of my country can still support a religious party. Successful governments have a separation of church and state for a reason.
      We should have a separation of Mosque/Church and state.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • YMiri

      @Keith, When adding such a ridiculous comment meant to be funny, it discredits any legitimacy your other comments may have on the topic.
      Nothing I hate more than people talking from emotions rather than logic. Your tea party is waiting.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @YMiri it's truth, but maybe you'd like it as an editorial in the NY Times instead of a bulleted list.

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

      Islam the religion of peace is anything but. We are talking about the most violent cult ever seen. Using themselves as weapons of destruction. Israel is surrounded by nations looking to wipe them off the face of the Earth. Sure Israel has had to take actions, they had to against the aggressors all following the Islamic agenda. Muslims worldwide hate upon the Jews and we have some buffoons on these blogs that think israel is the problem??
      The USA will never turn her back on such a downtrodden populace as the Jews. They are our stauchest ally and the Nation most in need of our help. Hezbollah is a terrorist orginization bent on the destruction of all Jews, I firmly hope that Israel stands up to them and blows them completely off the face of the map.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. lion of lebanon

    Isrealies are the one killed Hariri and many others in lebanon and they are the soul of the problems in the whole Middle east region,on the other hand what just happend in lebanon is very democratic practice million times more than Eygpt, Sudia Arabia and many other nation in the arab world as in any other country the rule is always one party one leader for life

    January 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Trash

      Actually, hate is the problem in the whole middle east. if the jews were not hated, then it would be some other race/sect/religion, etc...

      January 12, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gab

    I guess A war will start soon, Since Hezbollah needs support from it people. Provoke Israel they respond, and It gets it support again. Time to take them out....

    January 12, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Seekthetruth3

    You are quite funny CNN how you are not letting me express my opinions, nor have posed any of my comments. When you read this you should know that people are waking up to the mainstream media, and their unjust antics. May you open your eyes you editor.

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

      hey dumdum, it is an auto word trigger and as a private org CNN has every right to delete your paranoid rantings. HAND.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    Wow....I practically predicted this just two days ago when talking about Lebanon. Specifically, it's a relatively liberal, progressive state that teeters on the edge of Islamic militancy. I doubt Hezbollah will slip quietly into the night now, I see a power grab of some sort in the future.

    Lebanon is a wonderful place, but like Pakistan, it's only one coup away from being a nightmare.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  7. Seekthetruth

    CNN can do whatever they want, but im am pointing out that a company that is supposed to be respected, should not filter out comments unless they are abusive. In filtering out all comments that do not please their views, they are showing the world how unprofessional, and biased they are as a organization.

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

      It happens more than you know. You should also mention that they only allow debate on subjects that allow their side to spout hate and ignorance. It wasnt repubs rioting in LA and Atl in 1992. It wasnt repubs setting fires in Miami. Just close your eyes and click your heels and act like it never happened.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. greenhands

    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. 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 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      You mean there was peace in the region before modern Israel? Because if you say there was, you're ignorant of basic history.

      Israel has offered Palestinians a state how many times in the last 30 years? And each time the palestinians walked away from the offer, Israelis were murdered. That's what they get for offering peace I guess.

      Arafat was offered 97% of what he asked for, including having Jerusalem as capital and control of the temple mount. Israel offered this. Why did he not agree? Why did he in return initiate the intifada against innocent women and children? Why do some people choose to forget these details.

      January 12, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I think I'll have to agree with Keith here. After a decade of observation, I've come to the conclusions that the worst enemy of the Palestinians is the Palestinians. Israel (for right or wrong) is NOT going anywhere, and their constant "All or Nothing" approach has done nothing more than leave them in their current sad state of affairs.

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

      Areyour kidding us or yourself?

      January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harout

      Are you kidding us or yourself?

      January 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin F

      And the PLO stood for the People Loving Oragami

      January 12, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • greenhands

      1- Guys , just read the history of Hezb. & Hamas and you will find out when they were born.
      2- Arab league in 2000 met in Lebanon and offered Israel a full peace deal with all arabs, if Israel return to the 1967 borders, Israel refused till now.
      3- If Israel realy want peace they will not take more lands from the pales-s and build settlements for ppl never lived in that region. like Russians, polish, african falasha jews from Ethoibia....
      4- If Israel agrees on the 1967 peace offer from Arabs, within few yrs. Hamas and Hezb. will vanish.
      I still believe that Terror creates Terrors, and from the Israeli History...they started first.
      & Still believe in Justice and Peace 4 ALLL

      January 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      @Greenhands – I agree that Israel needs to stop building it's settlements, but I think your notion that Hamas and Hezbollah would simply disappear if Israel returned to it's original borders is perhaps a little naive. Hamas has a charter that clearly states it's mission is nothing short of the complete destruction of the Israeli state, and they haven't changed that yet despite all the negotiations and peace offers. Hezbollah (like Hamas) is more than a simple "resistance" movement as it was founded. It's a political movement that has it's ties in many different facets of the political and economic structure. These are fundamentalist Islamic political blocs, that just happen to have a "resistance" arm. The irony of it all, is that without Israel they would become MORE powerful.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Adel

    The child (hezbullah) wants to play by his rules (have power) so he is taking his soccer ball (rocket launchers) and going home (south Lebanon) to make trouble

    January 12, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      I have a sad feeling that Hezbollah will utterly destroy Lebanon before this is all over...If not now, in the not too distant future.

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

      TIM.... Absolutely

      Hez will destroy it. Then they will launch a few attacks on Israel who will respond en-force.

      Israellis will get the blame for the whole thing.

      They are dumb that way... but what would you do if someone rains rockets down on your people??? It's a double edged sword.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. asdf

    Morale of story once again the middle east proves why it is the worse region on earth. Even the Jews are evil in the region. Makes you appreciate living the west that much more (where our Jews just make good movies).

    January 12, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. chatmandu002

    Islam, the most dangerous thing on earth.

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

      i believed ur ar not a Christan or Jew either, because all these faith have been thought to respect other peoples faith in their respective books. tell wat ur are so that, i can have good answer 4 u nd if u dont belong 2 any, then ur ar the most dangerous off all on earth. ur ar also not a wise nd educated animal, u know wat u ar in short is just a wast to the society. i love all people.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Thomas

    Well everyone is always talking time for the world powers to unite and take action no more sanctions or warning or threats or promises . Time to show that the allied powers still exist and will sacrifice for peace this drawn out war on terrorism has gone far enough they have attacked our allies and even our non allies need to hit them all at once a mass movement of all governments and militarys and people to make a stand to the suffering and pain in which these terrorist invoke on people all around the world . And wipe these cowards off the map and free those who are oppressed and scared to make a stand someone's got to take these evil organizations out . No more politics governments all over have some honor for your fellow human beings look beyond our differences and unite. For the sake of the innocent and your homeland to give then peace and prosperity nothing is free you have to work for it.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  13. Pedro

    Of all the places in the world I've seen Lebanon has a special place in my heart. Not only do all Lebanese have sick driving skills but they worked so hard to build the Lebanon of today. Political violence does noone any good..most are sick of all the crap.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Marduk

    My money is on the Israelis being the killers. They had motive (chaos, blame shifting), opportunity (extensive network of Lebanese collaborators), and wherewithal (extensive experience in assassination).

    Of course, the tribunal wouldn't even consider the possibility that the Iz was involved. Heaven forbid.

    January 12, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. mat

    Frankly Speaking- You are aware that there was no palestine state right? It was a British "colony" and the British awarded it to the Isrealies. Not sure how you loose something you never had. Im not sure why Jews continue to vote for Democrats either. The left loves to use the words nazi and klan but it seems to me as a theif is the first person to accuse somone of theft. Besides, dont you have a class to teach?

    January 12, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Glad someone pointed that little detail out.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
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