A majority of Lebanese lawmakers have voted to support a prime ministerial candidate backed by Iranian ally Hezbollah.
Najib Mikati has 68 votes, while caretaker prime minister Saad Hariri has 60.
The Shiite militant group is now in a position to control Lebanon’s next government.
The move has set off angry protests and drew warnings from the US that its support could be in jeopardy.
Thousands of Sunnis waved flags, burned tyres and torched a van belonging to news agency Al-Jazeera during a “day of rage” to protest against the gains by Hezbollah.