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An angry protester, reacts as they burn tyres with other protesters to block the highway link to south Lebanon, near the village of Barja, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011

Protests broke out across Lebanon on Monday following the first day of the premiership consultations after Hezbollah appears to have engineered what was branded as a ” coup” to control the next Lebanese government .

Hezbollah appears to have secured the support from a majority of parliament Monday to nominate its candidate former PM Najib Mikati for prime minister, putting the Iranian and Syrian-backed militant group in position to control Lebanon.

The following pictures are courtesy of Reuters:

An angry protester shouts slogans during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Jan. 24, 2011. Large sections of the capital Beirut were tense and supporters of Lebanese caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri took to the streets. Sunni lawmakers have called for a 'day of rage' throughout Lebanon Tuesday to protest gains by the Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
Supporter of Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri carries a banner during a demonstration calling for Hariri to remain as prime minister and form a new government, in front of the grave of Lebanon's assassinated former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, in downtown Beirut January 24, 2011.
Lebanese supporters of caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri carry a banner with his picture as they shout slogans in front of burnt tires during a protest in Tripoli, northern Lebanon, calling for him to remain as Prime Minister and form the new government, January 24, 2011.
Lebanese soldiers stand in front of burnt tires lit by supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Saad al-Hariri and blocking a main road from southern Lebanon to Beirut during a protest calling for Hariri to remain as Prime Minister and form the new government, at Barja area, southern Lebanon January 24, 2011
Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker Saad al-Hariri carry a banner during a protest calling for Hariri to remain as Prime Minister and form the new government, in front of the grave of Lebanon's assassinated former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri in downtown Beirut, January 24, 2011.
Supporters of Lebanon's caretaker PM Saad al-Hariri carry banners during a protest calling for Hariri to remain as Prime Minister and form the new government , January 24, 2011.
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