Hizbullah denies making any demands on new PM

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 27, 2011 18:58

 
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BEIRUT  — The Iranian-backed group Hizbullah denied Thursday that it placed any demands on the billionaire businessman it chose to become prime minister of Lebanon.

Hizbullah and its allies toppled Lebanon's Western-backed government two weeks ago and secured enough support in parliament to name Najib Mikati as their pick for prime minister. Critics have expressed concern that Mikati will be beholden to the militant group's demands — something Mikati has also denied.

"We did not give a list of conditions to Prime Minister Mikati," the head of Hezbollah's 12-member bloc in parliament said. "What we asked for is a national partnership and a national salvation government in which everyone cooperates for the interest of the country."

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