Hezbollah leads new Lebanese government’s opposition


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lebanon formed a new government in which Hezbollah leads the opposition.

The new government was presented to President Michel Suleiman on Monday, five months after parliamentary elections were held in the country on Israel’s northern border.

The new cabinet includes 15 seats for the American-backed majority led by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, 10 for the Hezbollah-led opposition and five for Suleiman.

Israel last week seized a ship from Iran headed for Lebanon that was carrying more than 300 tons of concealed weapons which Israel said were on their way to Hezbollah. Hezbollah denies the charge.

Israel and Hezbollah fought a war in 2006, and a recent increase in rocket attacks from Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon into northern Israel have led some to believe another war could erupt.

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