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Lebanon's Hezbollah says does not want government to resign

Reuters , Saturday 19 Oct 2019
Hassan Nasrallah
Shia Muslims watch a televised speech by Hassan Nasrallah, the Lebanese Shia Hezbollah movement leader, during the Arbaeen religious festival in the city of Baalbeck in Lebanon's eastern Bekaa Valley on October 19, 2019. (AFP)
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Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Saturday that the group was not demanding the government's resignation amid widespread national protests.

Nasrallah said in a televised speech that he supported the government, but called for a new agenda and "new spirit," adding that ongoing protests showed the way forward was not new taxes.

Any tax imposed on the poor would push him to call supporters to go take to the streets, Nasrallah added.

Security forces fired tear gas and chased down protesters in Beirut on Friday after tens of thousands of people across Lebanon marched to demand the demise of a political elite they accuse of looting the economy to the point of collapse.

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