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Lebanese Druze politician pulls out of government

BEIRUT - A Lebanese Druze politician appointed as minister of state in Prime Minister Najib Mikati's new cabinet line-up resigned on Monday due to dissatisfaction over his post, but it was unlikely to bring down the government.

BEIRUT - A Lebanese Druze politician appointed as minister of state in Prime Minister Najib Mikati's new cabinet line-up resigned on Monday due to dissatisfaction over his post, but it was unlikely to bring down the government.
"I cannot participate in a government in which Najib Mikati says the Druze do not have the right to demand a key ministry," Talal Arslan said at a televised news conference.Political sources said Mikati could easily replace Arslan, who had been demanding the Defence Ministry portfolio.
Arslan said he would not support a vote of confidence in the government at a parliamentary session, but Hezbollah and its allies still have enough votes for the government to be approved.
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