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Emboldened by military advances made with its allies in the war in Syria, Hezbollah appears unlikely to yield to a Saudi demand that it be excluded from the Lebanese government following Prime Minister Saad Hariri's shock resignation last week, political analysts said Wednesday.While ruling out a Lebanese government without Hezbollah, the analysts linked the Saudi decision to keep the Iranian-backed Shiite party out of government to the fierce struggle for power and influence between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the volatile region where the two countries support opposing sides in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon.A source close to Hezbollah was confident that no government in Lebanon could be formed without the party.Political analyst Mario Abou Zeid said that maintaining stability in Lebanon was among Hezbollah's priorities in dealing with Hariri's resignation and Saudi Arabia's demands.Political analyst Kassem Kassir said Hezbollah would not accept "a Saudi-American demand" to oust it from the government.Kassir and other analysts did not rule out the possibility of Saudi economic sanctions on Lebanon in response to the formation of a government that includes Hezbollah.
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