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The formation of a new government anytime soon is highly unlikely following Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise resignation, which also left the fate of next year's parliamentary elections up in the air, analysts said Monday. It would be virtually impossible to form a government without Hezbollah, they added, predicting that Hariri's 30-member Cabinet would continue in a caretaker capacity for many months."I don't see any possibility of forming a new government without Hezbollah," Nader told The Daily Star. He also ruled out the possibility of a technocrat government that would exclude political parties, including Hezbollah, to supervise the elections.Sabhan, a harsh critic of Hezbollah, said in a new tweet Monday that Lebanon would never be the same after Hariri's resignation, implying the next Lebanese government would not include Hezbollah representatives.Nader pointed out that the Saudi demand to expel Hezbollah from the Lebanese government was meant to counter Iran's growing influence in Lebanon through the Iranian-backed party.
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