Nasrallah's speech to Hezbollah supporters comes after Lebanese leaders elected a new president
|Sleiman was elected Lebanon's president after|
a deal was brokered in Qatar [AFP]
"They call us the party of wilayat al-faqih," he said, refering to accusations that Hezbollah wants to impose an Iranian-style regime in Lebanon.
She said: "Nasrallah is aiming to recast himself as a nationalist leader and distance himself from the sectarian overtones that have marred the recent fighting."
But while it brought the country back from the brink of civil war, it failed to address many key issues, including Hezbollah's weapons stockpile.
Lebanon's presidency had been vacant since November, when Emile Lahoud stepped down at the end of his term with no elected successor because of political disputes.
Source: Al Jazeera
Profile: Michel Sleiman
|General Michel Sleiman is seen as a compromise president for Lebanon [AFP]|
He also gained support after refusing to deploy the military to crack down on massive anti-Syrian street demonstrations in March 2005, days after the assassination of Rafiq al-Hariri, the former prime minister.
'Call of duty'
Sleiman, who holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political and administrative sciences from Lebanese University, has said his 56,000-strong army should ignore politics "and listen to the call of duty".
|Lebanon's army defeated fighters at Nahr|
al-Bared refugee camp after a long siege [AFP]
His profile as a strong Lebanese leader was boosted after the Lebanese army cleared the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian refugee camp of al-Qaeda-inspired Fatah al-Islam fighters after a 15-week siege earlier this year.
Under his command, the army also calmed sectarian violence and deployed in strongholds of Hezbollah.
The army is currently working alongside a multi-national UN force in southern Lebanon, acting as a buffer between Hezbollah and Israel, who fought each other in 2006.
Since al-Hariri's assassination in February 2005, Lebanon has seen increased sectarian tensions.
Sleiman has distanced himself from Hezbollah, which once co-operated closely with the military, but critics accuse him of not doing enough to stop weapons smuggling to Hezbollah from Syria.
Source: Al Jazeera