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Hezbollah power shift in Lebanon

The Iranian-supporting Hezbollah's choice for Lebanon's next prime minister won parliamentary support yesterday, capping the group's rise in power and sparking street riots by opponents.

Billionaire businessman and former premier Najib Mikati won a majority, defeating Western-backed prime minister Saad Hariri.

The president will now ask Mr Mikati to try to form a government that could be controlled by Hezbollah and its allies and give the group an unprecedented level of political power in Lebanon.

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