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Hizballah-Backed Candidate Appointed Lebanon's Prime Minister


Protesters gather in Tripoli in support of the caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Protesters gather in Tripoli in support of the caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

A candidate backed by the Hizballah Shi'ite radical movement has been appointed Lebanon's prime minister.

President Michel Sleiman today asked Najib Mikati -- a Sunni billionaire turned politician -- to try to form a new government.

Speaking after his appointment, Mikati said he would start talks to form a new government on January 27 and urged all Lebanese factions to overcome their differences.

Acting Prime Minister Saad Hariri said previously he would not join a Hizballah-controlled government.

Hizballah brought down Hariri's government when it walked out in mid-January.

Mikati's nomination set off protests by Hariri supporters in the northern city of Tripoli and elsewhere.

The United States has voiced "great concern" over a Lebanese government dominated by Iran-backed Hizballah.

compiled from agency reports
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