US and new Lebanese opposition worried over Hezbollah’s dominance of newly formed government

Hezbollah and its allies have reached a position of unprecedented dominance in Lebanon’s government, giving its patrons Syria and Iran greater sway in the Middle East.

Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced a new Cabinet on Monday dominated by the militant group and its allies after the country has operated for five months without a functioning government. The move caps Hezbollah’s steady rise over decades from resistance group against Israel to Lebanon’s most powerful military and political force.

Opponents of Hezbollah – which the US considers a terrorist organisation – say having it in control of Lebanon’s government could lead to international isolation.

The group’s most ardent supporters are Iran and Syria, which dominated Lebanon for 29 years.

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