January 4, 2008


Hezbollah sets resolution terms (BBC, 1/04/08)

The Lebanese opposition group Hezbollah has said openly that it will not allow a president to be elected unless it gets a third of the cabinet seats. [...]

The government has proposed reforming the cabinet to give the president a casting vote.

Hezbollah and its allies have been demanding a third of the cabinet seats since the 2006 war with Israel - which Hezbollah regards as a victory - but until now they had not publicly linked the issue to a presidential vote.

It's a betrayal of democratic principles for the Shi'a majority to settle for so little.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 4, 2008 11:10 AM
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