Lebanon 'day of rage' called over Hizbullah gains

January 24, 2011 20:15

Sunni lawmakers have called for a "day of rage" throughout Lebanon Tuesday to protest gains by the Shiite militant group Hizbullah.

In a news conference, lawmaker Moustafa Alloush called for protests to voice refusal for "Persian tutelage" over Lebanon — a reference to Hizbullah's patrons in Iran.

He said the protests should be peaceful.

Hizbullah secured the support from a majority of parliament Monday to nominate its candidate for prime minister, putting the Iranian-backed militant group in position to control Lebanon's new government.

Hizbullah toppled the government of the Western-backed Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a Sunni, on Jan. 12.

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