Lebanese PM Rules Out Veto Power for Hizbullah in Next Cabinet

[Daily Star-Lebanon] Prime Minister Fouad Siniora said on Sunday that Hizbullah's right to veto legislation would not be reinstated by the new Lebanese government. Hizbullah last year obtained the right to veto thanks to a deal that allocated them 11 of 30 cabinet seats. "This formula was for a predetermined period which ends with the end of the mandate of the current government," Siniora said. "If a new government of national unity is formed, it will be based on partnership and not on the principle of veto." Hizbullah and its allies have demanded that their veto power over key decisions be maintained.

2009-06-15 06:00:00

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