Friday, December 08, 2006

Christian protesters return to Beirut square

Christian protesters return to Beirut square - "'Now I'm out here because I want a government that respects its people.'

Aoun was given a hero's welcome when he returned from self-imposed exile after Syrian forces pulled out last year. But he got the cold shoulder from anti-Syrian politicians despite winning 21 seats in parliamentary elections.

His former allies excluded him from their electoral alliances, which meant no representation for him in cabinet. Aoun joined an unlikely partner -- Shi'ite Muslim group Hezbollah -- which is Syrian and Iranian backed, prompting critics to question whether Aoun was changing his platform."

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