Lebanon's former President Amin Gemayel speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon February 18, 2014. A week ago, Lebanon was without a government and facing ... more 
Lebanon's former President Amin Gemayel speaks during an interview with Reuters at his residence in Bikfaya, Mount Lebanon February 18, 2014. A week ago, Lebanon was without a government and facing the prospect of an even deeper crisis come May, when President Michel Suleiman's term was set to expire with no agreement on his replacement. Prime Minister Tammam Salam finally managed to pull his government together after 11 months on Saturday, grouping politicians from across a political spectrum divided by the Syria war and other conflicts that predate it. Amin Gemayel, president for six years during Lebanon's own 1975-90 civil war, attributed the breakthrough to fears the state might be on the verge of total collapse, and "regional understandings" - Lebanese parlance for a greenlight from states that wield influence here, particularly Saudi Arabia and Iran. To match Interview LEBANON-GOVERNMENT/GEMAYEL REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS) less 
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Tue, Feb 18, 2014 1:57 PM EST