Middle East

Lebanese Parliament approves unity government

  • In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Media Office, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, is congratulated by Lebanese lawmakers after the new government won a vote of confidence, in the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Lebanon's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The vote of confidence Wednesday came after lawmakers heard and debated the new government's policy statement, outlining its priorities for the next months. (Ali Fawaz/Lebanese Parliament media Office via AP)

    In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament Media Office, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, is congratulated by Lebanese lawmakers after the new government won a vote of confidence, in the parliament building, Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Lebanon's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The vote of confidence Wednesday came after lawmakers heard and debated the new government's policy statement, outlining its priorities for the next months. (Ali Fawaz/Lebanese Parliament media Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament media office, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a session to vote for confidence in the government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Lebanon's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The vote of confidence Wednesday came after lawmakers heard and debated the new government's policy statement, outlining its priorities for the next months. (Hassan Ibrahim/Lebanese Parliament Media Office via AP)

    In this photo released by the Lebanese Parliament media office, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a session to vote for confidence in the government, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. Lebanon's parliament has overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The vote of confidence Wednesday came after lawmakers heard and debated the new government's policy statement, outlining its priorities for the next months. (Hassan Ibrahim/Lebanese Parliament Media Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

Lebanon's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved a national unity Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The vote of confidence Wednesday came after lawmakers heard and debated the new government's policy statement, outlining its priorities for the coming months.

The 128-member assembly approved the new Cabinet 87 to 4, with one abstention. Only 92 members attended the session.

A new 30-member national unity Cabinet headed by Hariri was announced on Dec. 18, nearly two months after a new president was elected, and the premier vowed that his top priority would be to protect the country from the effects of the civil war in neighboring Syria.

The Cabinet includes most of the country's political groups, including the Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which holds two seats.