February 14, 2005
Car Bomb Kills Lebanon's Former Prime Minister HaririTopics: Middle East News and Perspectives
According to the BBC,
Mr Hariri has been the leading Lebanese politician since the end of the
civil war in 1990, and prime minister for most of the last 15 years. He
resigned in October amid differences with Lebanon's pro-Syrian
President, Emile Lahoud.
Reuters reports that a car bomb killed Lebanon's former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri:
Hariri's motorcade was blown up as it passed along an exclusive section of the city's waterfront Corniche.
(...) The explosion close to the St George Hotel gouged a deep crater out of the road, ripped facades from luxury buildings and left half a dozen cars ablaze on streets carpeted with rubble.
(...) Hariri, a billionaire businessman who resigned from government last October, had recently joined calls by the opposition for Syrian troops to quit Lebanon in the run-up to a general election in May.
CNN's Brent Sadler provides some perspective on the bombing hinting that the bombing may be related to efforts to get Syria to stop meddling in Lebanon's affairs:
The importance of this article is best understood through Brent Sadler's description of the scene in which he states that "the Lebanese are in the throws of a fierce political battle over Syria's involvement in Lebanese political and military affairs. There's a lot of international pressure on Syria right now to stop meddling in Lebanon's affairs. Lebanon today has a very staunchly pro-Syrian Lebanese government. There is an emerging opposition front, the kind of opposition uniting, that we haven't seen in Lebanon in recent history. Really coming up against what they see as Syria's control and domination of this country."
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