Hezbollah Eyes Bigger Role In Next Lebanon Government

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BEIRUT – The Iran-backed Hezbollah aims to move beyond its traditional backseat role by assuming more influence in Lebanon’s next government to help it counter an escalating U.S. campaign against Tehran and its regional ascendancy.

A parliamentary majority for the Shi’ite Muslim Hezbollah and its allies is expected to be reflected in a new coalition government that Western-backed Saad al-Hariri will now try to form, weakened by the loss of more than a third of his MPs.

The May 6 election underlined how Lebanon’s political landscape has tilted in Hezbollah’s favor in recent years, and is part of a bigger picture of expanding Iranian influence that Washington wants to counter.




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