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New unity government named amid tension in Lebanon

New unity government named amid tension in Lebanon

BEIRUT — Breaking a 10-month deadlock, Lebanon on Saturday unveiled a new unity government as leaders struggle to maintain stability despite profound political divisions and spillover violence from the war raging in neighboring Syria.

“A government in the national interest was formed in a spirit of inclusiveness,” the new prime minister, Tammam Salam, a centrist, said in a television address.

Squeezed between Syria and Israel along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has become a second theater of the Syrian war and a surrogate battleground for the regional rivalries fueling that conflict. Lebanon, a nation of 4 million, is deeply split about the Syrian conflict.

The new Lebanese...