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Hezbollah seeks government downfall

Nov. 30, 2006 at 7:44 AM

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Leaders of Lebanon's Hezbollah party called for a non-violent anti-government protest Friday in the center of Beirut to unseat Prime Minister Fouad Siniora.

Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah made the call in a speech broadcast live on the al-Manar network, saying the Western-backed government was a failure, Lebanon's Daily Star reported.

"The government's failure is the result of its being a one-camp government. In Lebanon, in its ethnic and multi-colored composition, one camp cannot rule," Nasrallah said. "This government has proved that it is unable to meet its obligations and it has failed, and therefore we call for a unity government."

Nasrallah said the protest will represent all opposition parties, and not just Hezbollah, YNetNews reported.

"Our aspiration is to establish a unity government which will be based on solidarity and understanding, and not on imposing one party's positions on the other," he said.

The move was not a surprise to Siniora, as security forces have been deploying troops and armored vehicles outside government offices for the past two days.

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