Lebanon parliament re-elects pro-Hizbullah speaker

A unity government in Lebanon may be in the making, after Lebanese lawmakers signaled their desire for conciliation by re-elected a pro-Hizbullah parliament speaker on Thursday. Lebanese leaders have been looking for a fresh start after a divisive election. The June 7 vote brought victory for the Western-backed coalition which fought off a strong challenge from Hizbullah and its allies. But it also underscored the deep divisions among the Lebanese. Re-electing Hizbullah ally Nabih Berri for a fifth consecutive term is expected to smooth the way for the formation of a new government in the coming weeks. Majority leader Saad Hariri is tipped to head it.