January 18, 2016

THE ENTIRE WoT IS ABOUT EMPOWERING THE SHI'A CRESCENT:

Advantage Iran in Lebanese political proxy battle with Saudi Arabia (Martin Chulov and Kareem Shaheen,  18 January 2016, The Guardian)

The endorsement of Michel Aoun, a former general and foe-turned-ally of the Syrian regime, comes after a nearly two-year standoff that has paralysed decision-making in Beirut and despite Saudi Arabia wanting his arch-rival Samir Geagea to take the post.

Geagea has instead yielded to Aoun in a move that is now likely to anchor Iran's influence in Lebanon. [...]
The Saudi-backed "March 14" bloc, which accounts for most of the country's Sunnis, and which is strongly supported by Riyadh, remained bitterly opposed to the deal until it was announced by both men on Monday night, and Geagea may face difficulties convincing them to back Aoun.

Aoun has enthusiastically supported Iran's role in the region and his election would mark an extension of Tehran's influence at a time when an ongoing tussle for power and influence saw Saudi Arabia sever diplomatic relations in the lead-up to the nuclear deal.

Posted by at January 18, 2016 5:35 PM

  

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