The Lebanese government has collapsed following the resignation of eleven ministers from Hezbollah and its allies. Their resignation from the government came in the midst of a dispute over a U.N. tribunal, which has found ties between the 2005 assassination of former prime minister, Rafik Hariri, and Hezbollah.
A resignation statement read by opposition minister, Jubran Basil, said, "They call on the president of the republic to swiftly take the necessary measures to from a new government." State Department spokesman, P.J. Crowley says the U.S. is very concerned about the situation. Los Angeles Times Beirut bureau chief, Borzou Daragahi reports from Lebanon. He explains that Hezbollah does not want to be connected in any way to the assassination of former prime minister, Rafik Hariri.