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Protests in Lebanon :

Tycoon set to be next Premier

LEBANON: Protests erupted in Sunni regions across Lebanon Monday as outgoing Premier Saad Hariri's party accused the Shiite Hezbollah of staging a coup by imposing its candidate to head a new Government.

Demonstrations broke out in various regions with a significant Sunni population where protesters burned tyres and blocked major roads as they vented their anger at the likely appointment of billionaire Najib Mikati to replace Hariri, Lebanon's most popular Sunni leader.

"Sunni blood is boiling!" and "Hezbollah, party of the devil!" chanted demonstrators in the northern port city of Tripoli, Mikati's home town and Lebanon's main Sunni bastion.

Former MP Mustafa Alloush, of Hariri's Western-backed Future Movement, blasted the Iranian-backed militant group for staging a "coup" and seeking to impose an Iranian form of religious Government. Under Lebanon's power-sharing system, the president must be a Maronite Christian, the speaker of parliament a Shiite Muslim and the prime minister a Sunni Muslim. Beirut,Tuesday, AFP

 

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