Lebanon's prime minister appeals for compromise as he announces new government

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Lebanon announced its new government on Saturday, bringing to an end a ten month political deadlock.

Prime Minister Tammam Salam had been unable to form a government since being appointed in April 2013 because of deep divisions between Shi’ite Hezbollah politicians and his Sunni-led alliance.

On Lebanese TV Salam said they had overcome their differences to form a cabinet in a ‘spirit of inclusivity.’

“I extend my hand to all the leaders and I depend on their wisdom to achieve these goals and I call on them all to compromise for the sake of the state.’‘

One of the most pressing issues for the new government to tackle will be national security, with violence spilling over from neighbouring Syria .

Car bombs have been directed at security and political targets in the country, particularly in Hezbollah stronghold areas. The country is divided along the same sectarian lines as Syria.

The government will also need to deal with the influx of refugees from Syria, who now make up around a quarter of Lebanon’s population.

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