Lebanese Druze politician pulls out of government

By REUTERS
June 13, 2011 17:35

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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