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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) – Lebanon’s new president has started binding consultations with lawmakers on forming the national unity government agreed to under an Arab League-brokered deal that resolved a prolonged political crisis which had pushed Lebanon to the brink of an all-out war.

President Michel Suleiman’s discussions with legislators from both the anti-Syrian parliament majority and the Hezbollah-led opposition are expected to last throughout Wednesday. They follow a decision by the pro-Western majority to back Fuad Saniora to reassume the post of prime minister in Suleiman’s new government. Suleiman has polled lawmakers on their choice for prime minister, but after the majority’s decision Tuesday, Saniora is guaranteed to get the position.

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