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Lebanon's 'day of rage'

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Supporters of the Future Movement rip a poster of Hezbollah-backed MP Najib Mikati during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in the Sunni bastion coastal city of Tripoli on Jan. 25. Hundreds of people converged on Tripoli to take part in a 'day of rage' over Mikati's likely appointment as prime minister.

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A soldier runs past burning tires lit by Sunni Muslim supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri in Sidon, southern Lebanon.

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Supporters of the Future Movement torch a vehicle belonging to the al-Jazeera satellite television station during a demonstration in support of the caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri in Tripoli.

The AP reports:

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.

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