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Saturday, November 11, 2006 

Lebanese government about to fall?

Crisis talks have ended without resolution in Lebanon.

The talks were to discuss a greater role for Hizbollah in government - currently they only have 2 positions, they are asking for more, given that they act as the country's de facto army.

Now that the Hariri bloc bothered to turn up to the talks (they inexplicably ignored the first round of discussions), the talks have collapsed.

5 Shia members of the government (Hizbollah and Amal) have resigned, and their positions will have to be filled by puppet Shia.

That leaves the government as a lame duck administration. They will either have to give Hizbollah what they want or rule from a very weak position.

Hizbollah have threatened to call a massive demonstration unless the impasse is solved. Well, it worked for the Hariri bloc on March 14 last year, didn't it.

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