Jumblatt backs Mikati to form Lebanon government

Reuters , Monday 24 Jan 2011

Lebanon's Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said he backed Najib Mikati in talks to name a new prime minister on Monday, giving him the parliamentary majority to lead a new government

A two-day consultation to choose a new prime minister began on Monday. Najib Mikati is a candidate for the premiership supported by the Shia movement Hezbollah and its allies who have 57 seats in parliament.

Jumblatt and six members of his 11-member bloc backed Mikati. Along with Mikati's own vote, that would give the Sunni politician the support of 65 members of the 128-member assembly.

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