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With the alchemists of government formation discussing a new ministerial formula involving March 8, March 14 and the centrists, there is hope that Tammam Salam may soon have a Cabinet to lead.For months, the so-called 9-9-6 option (nine ministers each for March 8 and March 14 and six for the centrists) has been on the table, but was rejected by Salam and March 14 . Not surprisingly, foreign governments with a stake in Lebanon have become increasingly disenchanted and anxious over the paralysis in the country and have made this clear to Lebanese officials.The Belgian foreign minister, Didier Reyners, was in Lebanon last week and explained that international interest in the country was declining, so that if the situation deteriorated further, Lebanon could be on its own.Even without this blocking third, Hezbollah could very likely have its way on policies it opposes and even bring the government down.Many people feel Lebanon should not be held hostage to the situation in another country. This protest sidesteps the fact that Hezbollah's intervention in Syria has imported its war to Lebanon, but there is some truth to it. Hezbollah wants Sleiman out, however, which explains its renewed interest in forming a national-unity government.
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