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Amid power vacuum, tensions rising in Lebanon

Little common ground as Lebanon delays talks on new government.

"The region in which we live is an unstable region, everybody can see that today. We see it in several places in the broader Middle East," said Netanyahu, according Agence France Presse.

For March 14, the fear is that if the coalition asserts its political strength to get Hariri back in office, they could be beaten easily in the streets by Hezbollah’s army. In 2008, Hezbollah took over West Beirut in a matter of days.

“In this part of the world political instability is the first step towards security instability,” Souaid said. “We are afraid that Hezbollah [will] use arms again.”

Butros Harb, the minister of labor under Saad Hariri said it would not be in Hezbollah’s interest to take the fight onto the streets.

“I hope things will go democratically,” he said. “And the struggle will be limited strictly through democratic means and ways.”

Residents of Beirut said sectarian tensions were high and worried about what might happen as the political crisis drags on.

Abbas Khaleefe, who works at a cable television shop in a mostly Shiite neighborhood of Beirut, said he fears the day the indictments are made public.

“Then they are going to shoot at this side,” he said. “And then this side is going to shoot at the other side.”

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/lebanon/110116/lebanon-hezbollah-hariri-tensions-government