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Lebanon's Druze leader says backs Hezbollah

Lebanese Druze leaders Walid Jumblatt (R) and Talal Arslan (L) arrive for a meeting in Damascus with Israeli Arab Druze and Druze from the Golan Heights September 17, 2010. REUTERS/Khaled al-Hariri

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s Druze leader Walid Jumblatt said Friday his group was committed to support Hezbollah ahead of parliamentary talks Monday to pick a new prime minister.

Jumblatt leads a bloc of 11 parliamentarians and his support is crucial to decide who forms the new government out of the two rivals: Hezbollah or the caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who said Thursday he will seek the premiership.

“I am announcing the right political assuring the steadfastness of the group (Progressive Socialist Party) alongside Syria and the resistance,” he told a news conference.

Resistance is a term used to describe Hezbollah.