Lebanese lawmakers back Hizbullah candidate for PM

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 25, 2011 13:47

 
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BEIRUT  — A majority of Lebanese lawmakers on Tuesday have voted to support the candidate for prime minister backed by Iranian ally Hizbullah.

By the end of Tuesday's voting, Najib Mikati had 68 votes. Caretaker Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri had 60.

The Shi'ite militant group is now in position to control Lebanon's next government. The move has set off angry protests and drew warnings from the US that its support could be in jeopardy.

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