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Lebanon government set to collapse over Hariri tribunal

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(Read caption) In this Nov. 28, 2010 photo, Hezbollah supporters listen to the speech of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah during a ceremony in Beirut's southern suburb of Dahiyeh, Lebanon. Several Hezbollah members are expected to be indicted by the tribunal for involvement in the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The images in the background show slain Hezbollah leaders, from left, top Hezbollah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah leader Sheik Ragheb Harb and Sheik Abbas Musawi.

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Hezbollah and its political allies in Lebanon were set to announce the resignation of eleven ministers from the government's unity coalition Wednesday, which would topple the government and raise concerns of new protests and paralysis in Lebanon.

The Daily Star of Lebanon reports that the resignations, which were to be announced this afternoon local time, were due to Hezbollah and its allies being rebuffed in their demands for an emergency cabinet meeting Tuesday to discuss Lebanese cooperation in the United Nation's Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL). The STL is investigating the 2005 assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, father of current Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who has refused to end Lebanese participation in the US-backed tribunal. Several Hezbollah members are expected to be indicted by the tribunal for involvement in the assassination.

Mr. Hariri is scheduled to meet President Obama in Washington today to discuss the crisis, the Associated Press reported.

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