Lebanon's Hariri Quits in Attempt to Reduce Hizbullah Demands

[Bloomberg] Massoud Derhally - Saad Hariri's decision to quit Thursday as Lebanon's prime minister-designate is aimed at forcing opposition parties to scale back demands in talks over the formation of a national unity government, analysts said. President Michel Suleiman is likely to ask Hariri, as Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician, to make another attempt to form a cabinet. Hariri's coalition won 71 of 128 seats in June 7 parliamentary elections, while the Iranian- and Syrian-backed Hizbullah and its allies took 57.

2009-09-11 08:00:00

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