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Friday, September 08, 2006 

Lebanon's real leaders

In a poll for anti-Syrian newspaper the Daily Star, Hizbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah was the country's most popular leader - supported by almost 80% of the country.

71% back Shia parliament speaker Nabih Berri (leader of Amal, a Hizbollah ally).

Christian leader Michel Aoun got the support of 52% (he is another ally of Hizbollah, and a fierce opponent of the Government - he is widely expected to become the next President).

Prime Minister Fouad Siniora has the support of less than half of the country: 49%.

But this should make the whole country nervous - one in seven Lebanese are planning to leave the country forever. And another 21% are waiting to see how well the ceasefire holds. So in total, more than one third of the country might emigrate.

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