Uh oh: Lebanese government near collapse after Hezbollah resigns

It would take 11 resignations in the 30-member Cabinet to dissolve Hariri’s unity government. The opposition bloc, known as the March 8 Alliance, has 10 members. It’s not clear whether an 11th member would join with the other 10 to dissolve the government.

Lebanon’s government has been at an impasse over the United Nations-backed tribunal’s investigation of the assassination of Rafik Hariri, the current premier’s father. It is widely expected the tribunal will indict members of Shiite Muslim Hezbollah, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department…

The failure to break the impasse between Hariri’s government and Hezbollah has raised fears of a renewal of the sectarian bloodshed that plagued Lebanon in 2008.

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