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Returning Lebanese General Stuns Anti-Syria Alliance

The bright promise of the “Cedar Revolution” in this fractious, bloodied country is dissolving in old vendettas and the unsettling re-emergence of a powerful figure, Gen. Michel Aoun. A slate of candidates led by the formerly exiled Gen. Michel Aoun, shown outside his home in Rabiye Monday, won 15 of 16 seats by large margins in parliamentary elections in villages north and east of Beirut. General Aoun, once the nationalist commander of the Lebanese Army, scored a stunning victory over rivals in the Maronite Christian heartland, according to official results of voting on Sunday that were released late Monday, catapulting himself into political dominance and dealing a crushing blow to the new anti-Syrian opposition. Full Story

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