Lebanon’s Leaders Reach Deal
Posted on May 21, 2008
The Lebanese government and the Hezbollah opposition group came to a power-sharing agreement Wednesday, potentially marking the end to the country’s two-year-old political crisis, which only weeks ago erupted in clashes that left 65 people dead. The move, which some analysts say may benefit Hezbollah more than the Western-backed government, has been hailed by the parties directly involved and others, including the U.S.
Rival Lebanese leaders have agreed on steps to end the political deadlock that has led to the country’s worst violence since the 1975-90 civil war.
The Western-backed government and the pro-Syrian opposition arrived at the deal after days of talks in Qatar.
Under the deal, the opposition - led by the Hezbollah political and militant group - will have the power of veto in a new cabinet of national unity.
It also paves the way for parliament to elect a new president.
AP photo / Hasan Jamali
The Emir of Qatar Sheik Hamed Al Thani, mustachioed and smiling, congratulates Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora after a power-sharing agreement was reached in Doha, Qatar.