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Lebanon Opposition Agrees to Unity Government

By VOA News

Lebanon's opposition, which includes Hezbollah, has agreed to a unity government proposed by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

Sources say opposition leaders reached the agreement during meetings late Friday, and that a new Cabinet could be formed within the next two days.

Mr. Hariri heads a U.S. and Saudi backed coalition that won June elections over Hezbollah-allied politicians backed by Syria and Iran.

Since then he has made it his top priority to form a unity government, but the effort was impeded by disagreements over who would fill key Cabinet positions.

The new 30-minister Cabinet will include 15 ministers from Mr. Hariri's coalition, 10 from the opposition, and five to be appointed by President Michel Suleiman.

Last month, U.S. President Barack Obama expressed hope that Lebanon would form a new government that would "promote stability in the region and prosperity for its people."

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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