Hundreds of supporters of Druze militia chief Walid Jumblat demonstrated Saturday in the Druze-controlled Shouf mountains, vowing support for their leader who resigned from Lebanon's new Cabinet.

Businesses, schools and shops were shut down as hundreds of children, women and elderly flocked to Jumblat's palace in Mukktara, 15 miles southeast of Beirut, to endorse him as their "sole leader.""There would be no peace and no government without Walid Jum-blat," chanted his followers. "We will not accept other than you to speak on behalf of the (Druze) community."

Jumblat, minister of state in the new pro-Syrian Cabinet of President Elias Hrawi, resigned apparently because of thin Druze representation in the government and involvement of a number of officials in shadowy business deals.