Lebanon's Hariri refuses to join a possible Hezbollah-led gov't

22:03, January 24, 2011      

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Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Monday that he refused to participate in any government headed by a Prime Minister from the Hezbollah-led bloc.

According to a statement from Hariri's press office, there is no consensual candidate presented to the parliamentary consultations Monday.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman Monday kicked off the consultations with the 128-seat parliament to designate a new Prime Minister, after Saad Hariri's government toppled by the Hezbollah-led March 8 Alliance on the conflict of his father, former Prime Minister Rafic Hariri's murder case.

March 8 Alliance are reportedly likely to nominate former Prime Minister Najib Mikati, who officially announced his candidacy on Sunday night.

Hezbollah's general secretary Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech Sunday evening that if his bloc's candidate won the post, every party is welcome to join the new government.

Source:Xinhua
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