Lebanon Forges Peace Deal

Power-sharing pact aimed at averting avert new civil war
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted May 21, 2008 3:32 AM CDT
A Lebanese army vehicle at a road block during recent fighting in Beirut.   (Getty Images (by Event) Individuals)
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(Newser) – A civil war in Lebanon may be averted by a new agreement reached in Qatar, reports the BBC. The deal includes fresh elections next year, a power-sharing government, a new president, and a pledge by Hezbollah not to use weapons in Lebanon. The pact was reached after five days of talks between the Lebanese government and Hezbollah following Beirut clashes that claimed 65 lives.