Calm Returns to Lebanon after Two-Day Protests

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Lebanon's new Hezbollah-backed Prime Minister-designate Najib Mikati began the process of forming a new cabinet on Wednesday.

The billionaire businessman and Harvard graduate called for a government that would unify Lebanon's diverse society.

The move came as calm returned to the country after two days of violent protests by Sunni Muslims against the Iranian-backed militant group's growing power and  influence. The largest demonstrations broke out Tuesday in Sunni-dominated city of Tripoli.
     
Some fear the increasing power of Hezbollah could mean more violence with Israel - or even another civil war.  Ousted Prime Minister Saad Hariri has stated that he will not join a government led by a Hezbollah candidate.

Meanwhile, U.S.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned that formation of a government dominated by Hezbollah would mean changes in America's relations with Lebanon.

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