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Lebanese lawmakers back Hezbollah candidate for PM

 An angry Sunni protester, reacts as they burn tyres with other protesters to block the highway link to south Lebanon, near the village of Barja, Leba...
 Lebanese soldiers atop their armored vehicles secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leba...
 Lebanese soldiers atop their armored vehicles secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leba...
 Lebanese soldiers near their armored vehicle secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leban...

APTOPIX Mideast Lebanon Politics

An angry Sunni protester, reacts as they burn tyres with other protesters to block the highway link to south Lebanon, near the village of Barja, Leba...

Mideast Lebanon Politics

Lebanese soldiers atop their armored vehicles secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leba...

Mideast Lebanon Politics

Lebanese soldiers atop their armored vehicles secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leba...

Mideast Lebanon Politics

Lebanese soldiers near their armored vehicle secure the area in Beirut, Lebanon, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. Security forces are fanning out across Leban...

A majority of Lebanese lawmakers have voted to support the candidate for prime minister backed by Iranian ally Hezbollah.
By the end of Tuesday's voting, Najib Mikati had 68 votes. Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri had 60.
The Shiite militant group is now in position to control Lebanon's next government. The move has set off angry protests and drew warnings from the U.S. that its support could be in jeopardy.
Thousands of Sunnis waved flags, burned tires and torched a van belonging to Al-Jazeera on Tuesday during a "day of rage" to protest the gains by Hezbollah.