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Hezbollah leader: Siniora government will go

Beirut, Nov 14, IRNA-The leader of Hezbollah vowed to press ahead with political campaign to replace the Lebanese government, saying Western-backed Prime Minister Fuad Siniora's Cabinet had zero credibility after six ministers resigned.

Sheik Hassan Nasrallah threatened to stage street demonstrations if Hezbollah's demand for a national unity government was ignored.

Hezbollah and Amal political parties withdrew their five representatives from the government Saturday after the anti-Syrian parliamentary majority refused to meet their demand for a "national unity" Cabinet that would effectively give Hezbollah and its allies veto power over key decisions.

A sixth minister, who is Christian and allied with the president, resigned Monday, citing similar objections.

Nasrallah said that after the resignations of its two ministers, Hezbollah has nothing to do with the government, promising to replace it with "a clean-handed government."

The Hezbollah leader addressed about 6,000 people whose houses were destroyed in Beirut's southern suburbs by Israeli air strikes during Israeli regime's 33-day war with Hezbollah last summer.

"This government will go, and we have nothing to do with it after the resignations. A new government will come."

"A clean-handed government will come and rebuild. We will not leave the people. As we have said on the first day of victory, we are committed to rebuild your houses and institutions with clean money.

Hopefully, the reconstruction of the Dahiyeh (southern suburbs) will begin in three months," Nasrallah said.

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