Lawmakers line up to congratulate prime minister Fouad Siniora at the parliament house in Beirut. Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

2008 - Lebanon’s new government won a vote of confidence, securing approval for a policy statement that recognises Hezbollah’s right to use all means possible to regain Israeli-occupied land claimed by Lebanon. One hundred members of the 128-seat parliament voted in support of the cabinet, formed as part of a deal that defused a deep conflict between the US-backed majority coalition and an opposition alliance led by Hezbollah. Hezbollah and its allies hold effective veto power in the new unity government headed by Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. The policy statement recognises the right of Lebanon, its government.

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