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. someday u'll tell the truth

    Let's see how much u guys would have loved the jews if they had forced texans off thier lands. I'm sure that would have went off very well.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      arabs weren't forced off their lands. They left after being given a promise that the jews were about to be destroyed. Didn't work out for them, too bad.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin F

      Someday... when islamic extremists succeed in detonating a dirty bomb on US soil... you'll be the first to welcome innovations developed by the israeli biomedical community. Please don't refer to texans... We don't want your kind of publicity

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

    I can not beleive the amount of ignorance in here, just amazing. This is bad news for everyone. Hizboullah was quiet because they were part of the government, now that they are out of it, means they have the liberty to act, anywhere anytime. Two, it means there is no government in Lebanon (when 11 ministers resign, the government is automatically considered resigned), which automatically means more action in southern Lebanon.
    Congrats to Clinton, now she has a lot on hands to deal with.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      Well considering pretty much everyone in the region either hates us (Arabs) or ignore us and takes our $ (Israel) its not like we can do a lot to make the situation better. Arabs are about the only people on earth that can't get along with anyone (including themselves) and who don't enjoy prosperity from the peace dividend enough to not act like 12th century barbarians. As long as their are Arabs in the world there will be senseless wars (Republicans also in this group).

      January 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. blahblahblah

    Hezbollah is under the command of Iran's revolutionary guard and together, they are working to bring down the Lebanese (?)
    government to create an Iranian satellite country in a more strategic area – closer (on top of) Israel – NOT because they want to be closer friends!!! Think about it...

    January 12, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. BIig Bob

    You're so right, Mat. Relativists out there don't seem to appreciate Isreal's 5000+ history on that stretch (small) of land. Land that they cultivated. I wonder if they can answer the questions of who was the last king, or president of Palistine?

    Hizbollas mission is to cleanse that land of jews from the Jordan River to the Sea. After they are successful, do you think they'll just brush off there hands and start farming olives? I don't think so!

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

      Bump... +++

      January 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • asdf

      I don't appreciate Israel because they are rogue nation (who uses other country passports to kill, wth?) who inflames the Arabs for their own interests and make America less safe. Israel can do whatever they want but the USA should stop giving them money and stop protecting them at the UN from sanctions they deserve.

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

      Fact is Israel is to the USA what North Korea is to China.

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

    How is an Arab like a Republican? Both enjoy starting senseless wars. Arabs do it due to their culture/religion. Republicans do it because they own defense contractor stock.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patriot

    @asdf – Israel a rogue natiion? Obama "...grow a pair....?" I guess in your world a nuclear enabled Iran, rocket launches on cities, and blowing up school buses are good things. You are one sick dude.....

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

      test test what the heck half the time the post disappears

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

      I give up. Had like 3 good replys but CNNs absolute POS message board won't allow the post.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CNN FAIL

    As usual CNN doges this story and puts it way back in the international page. this should be leading ALL of their coverage.
    With a US and french Carrier groups within striking distance it should be on every network. Since operation cast lead this is the closest that they have come to all out war,so where is the coverage CNN? where.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Harold Brookstone

    Everyone know Hezbollah murdered Rafik Harriri and they have threatened the Lebanese government to not do anything about it. Hezbollah is loyal first and foremost to Iran and are the biggest problem for Lebanon. Hezbollah was supposed to be disbanded but has threatened force against the Lebanese government and people if they try to stop Hezbollah. Hezbollah and their Iranian puppetmasters caused billions in damage in Lebanon in 2006 when they went to war with Israel.. Lebanon will not truly be safe or free until Hezbollah is gone. Hezbollah are traitors to Lebanon.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cherokee

    Ladies and gentlemen, tonight will be the night Hezbollah takes over Lebanon. This may in-turn, bring forth a civil war in Lebanon, and probably an armed conflict with Israel. American freighters are setting sail to Lebanon as we speak.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. lindita

    Hezbollah is a terrorist. Everybody know this. We don't have civilization world with him. Thank you

    January 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. asdf

    The question is not whose right or wrong, Israel or the Arabs. The question is what has any country did in this region lately to make the world a better place? They all stink. The whole region is giant 3rd world crap hole. Only worse region in the world is Afghan and the Pakis.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Sunnymmm

    People, I'm Israeli and proud of it.

    You can call us thieves you can call us murderers I don't give a rats ass.

    Been reading all comments and I have to tell you that the hatred for Arabs/Muslims or Israelis/Jews is disgusting. I used to blame Arabs for everything but at this point I gave up, it doesn't matter because hatred can bring only one thing and that's Hatred and that will get us nowhere. I'm not saying let's all love eachother, but if u want to speak your mind, do it in respectful ways for both sides. Anyhow, peace to everyone.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      @Sunnymmm, we all have peace except you people (Arabs/Jews). So when are you going to kill each other off this planet? The Chinese and Indian and the rest of Asian people want to populate your land.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin F

      @Jack.

      Right because the India and Pakistan have such a great relationship.

      I just heard China and Tibet are getting the band back together.

      Bonehead....

      January 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Pliny

    Amen to 'cheap easy fusion'.

    Once oil is out of the equation, the Middle East has as much political importance as Antartica.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NatLebanon

    After reading these statements i came to realise 99% have no clue about what's happening. The whole issue in the middle east is the fact that isreal wants lebanon to accept the palestinians they kicked out and give them citizenships so they stop demanding to return to palestine. Another fact that ppl do not know is that the Shiit Hizbullah is fighting israel because they caused them misery by forcing the palestinians into southern lebanon were most shiits reside. the Palestinians started fighting the shiits in southern lebanon for control. In addition, Shiits will not allow for Palestinians to become citizens because than you have alot more Sunnis than Shiits, and as we know these two cannot live in one place peacefully. So everyone wants hizbullah to be dissolved because they will never stop until every palestinian is back to their country. therefore, no peace for israel until hizbullah is gone.
    I'm a Christian lebanese, and my family fought during the civil war against the palestinians that were hired by the Sunnis to fight Christians in order to take power and control. We know first hand how much of a cancer they are for us. Which is why half of the christian support hizbullah and fight any attempt to naturalize the palestinians. By the way, the lebanese army has the bare minimum of arms, so if israel allows for the lebanese army to gain weapons, hizbullah could be easily disarmed.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      That's what has always worried me, the fact that Hezbollah is better armed (and some would say trained) then the national military. Hezbollah has always strives for greater representation (power and control) and I think you might see where I'm going with this...

      January 12, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NatLebanon

      to tim – they are not only better armed but trained as well. israel lost the 2006 war when they fought on land. hizbullah has the south re-arranged for combat. you cannot get rid of hizbullah, but you can work with them around the issues. their ppl will die for them for all the good hizbullah has done to them. After the 2006 war, half of beirut was destroyed. Hizbullah aided by the iranians, rebuilt it from scratch. every family got their apartment back. you take a drive in their areas and they are beautifully built and designed. They give them money to survive. they get them generators for electricity. So why would they not support them?! it's a fundamental issue. The lebanese government has long forgotten about the south and it's infrastructure until hizbullah came to existance in the 1980s. I remember being on vacation in 2006 in lebanon when the 2006 war broke. Do not deffend Israel, their killings by far exceeded what hizbullah has done up to this point, I cannot sit and deffend a nation when it wipes cities killing women and children. dropping bombs that look like candy and kids end up losing limbs or even die.

      January 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      NatLebanon – I agree with a large part of what you said, but I also think that it identifies a major problem. Hezbollah is no longer a "resistance" movement, it's a political (and social) force. It has the capacity to help the nation as it did after the war, but it also has the capacity to destroy the nation as it caused the war to begin with. I almost look at Hezbollah as a parallel government that, one day, might take over all the reigns of power in Lebanon. If you think about it, after the next large conflict, it's quit plausible that they step in when the secular government can't. I think that will be the end of the liberal vibe in Lebanon and doesn't bode well. I do disagree about Israel, however. While I don't care for their current government, and I don't defend their actions when it comes to the settlements, I think they were more than justified in their actions against Hezbollah and that Hezbollah brought the destruction upon themselves (and the people of Lebanon). I've been to both Israel and Lebanon, both are wonderful places, but the main cause of insecurity for BOTH sides is Hezbollah (and the Palestinians and Iran for that matter).

      January 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • NatLebanon

      Tim – they are part of the social structure of the country, which is why the idea of removing them completly is not plausible. we have to come to terms with them. they are not anti lebanon, they never participated in any civil war, but they have their own agenda against Israel. it's very tricky, 80% of the lebanese army is shiits! if something happens and hizbollah becomes a target, the army will split same thing that happened in previous years.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  15. J

    Want your land back Palestine? Ask the Jordanians. They stole it from you, not Israel.

    January 12, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kevin F

      SHH... Don't remind them... It's easy to yell about Jewish neighbors. It's harder when your 225 pound cousin on your dad's side just stole your lunch money.

      January 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @Kevin F and J – best comments ever.

      January 12, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
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