Lebanon's rival political camps dug in their heels on Tuesday, with Hezbollah's leader threatening the government and the prime minister vowing to keep his anti-Syrian majority cabinet afloat.
A "clean" cabinet will soon replace the Western-backed government of Fouad Siniora, Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was quoted as telling his followers.
He tried to ease fears that Lebanon was sliding toward chaos, saying Hezbollah would preserve its stability.
Siniora told Reuters he would resist demands by Hezbollah and its allies that would amount to "tyranny of the minority".
He said the majority was ready to expand the cabinet, but not yield a third of cabinet seats to the opposition.
"They will become able to paralyze the meetings of the cabinet of ministers ... and have the ability to topple the government," he said. "In a democracy, this is not possible."
terça-feira, novembro 14, 2006
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