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Lebanese government talks on hold

Talks to form a new Lebanese government have been postponed for a week.

The two-day consultations had been scheduled to start on Monday after Hezbollah and its allies quit the Western-backed government last week, forcing it to collapse.

The crisis stems from tensions over a UN tribunal investigating the 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri.

The Shiite militant group led by Hassan Nasrallah walked out of the government when prime minister Saad Hariri - the dead man's son - refused to disown the tribunal.

Many expect Hezbollah to be named in upcoming indictments, and President Michel Suleiman said he delayed the talks to best serve the "national interest."

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