Lebanese president defends new government

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s president has denied accusations that his country’s new government dominated by the militant Hezbollah group and its allies is a tool of Syria.

By (AP)

Published: Wed 15 Jun 2011, 6:55 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 9:20 AM

President Michel Suleiman says the new government is “100 percent Lebanese.”

Suleiman’s remarks came a day after Lebanon got a new Cabinet, five months after a walkout by Hezbollah led to the dissolving of the previous government.

Members of Lebanon’s Western-backed coalition, who now make up the country’s opposition, say the new government is led by Syria’s allies in Lebanon and represents a “coup” against the democratic system.

Suleiman was addressing ministers on Wednesday at the Cabinet’s first meeting.

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