Lebanese voters prevent Hizbollah takeover

07/08/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

There will be no Islamic Republic of Lebanon. Nor will there be a pro-Western Lebanese republic. There will, after yesterday's vote - for the Hizbollah-Christian coalition and for the secular Sunni-Christian alliance - be a government of "national salvation" in Beirut, run by an ex-army general-president with ever-increasing powers.

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