June 8, 2009 6:32 PM

Obama given some credit for Lebanon vote's moderate turn

Lebanon's pro-Western political parties turned their focus Monday toward crafting a stable coalition government hours after voters soundly rebuffed efforts by Iran-backed Hezbollah politicians to secure more political power in Beirut. Analysts said Obama's call last week in Cairo for a "new beginning" for U.S.-Middle East relations helped tilt the balance toward America's allies.

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