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Hezbollah Forces Collapse of Lebanese Government

All the major news outlets are reporting on the resignation of 11 ministers of Hezbollah from the Lebanese national unity government, dissolving the government in the process.  This NY Times article provides details and analysis of the largest crisis in Lebanon since 2008 when sectarian violence brought the country to the brink of civil war.  This current crisis is believed to be caused by the impending ruling of a UN tribunal in the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.  Many believe that Hezbollah will be implicated in the assassination.  It is feared that the UN tribunal’s ruling could have dire consequences.

Many here fear that “unknown” could turn bloody with street clashes in which Hezbollah is likely to prevail. An outbreak of violence might enable it to effectively seize control of the government and force a new reality on the streets of Beirut, at least until a new agreement can be reached under the auspices of foreign powers, who have long played an outsized role in the country’s domestic affairs.

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