Saniora won't step down despite Hizbullah pressure

Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora insisted Friday night that he refused to succumb to protests held by Hizbullah supporters earlier Friday calling for the US-backed premier to resign, during a conversation with French presidential candidate Segolene Royal, who was visiting in Lebanon as part of her Middle East tour. Some 800,000 protesters from Hizbullah and its pro-Syrian allies descended on downtown Beirut on Friday in a protest, which caused Saniora to be holed up in his office ringed by hundreds of police and combat troops.