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February 28, 2005

Entire Lebanese Government quits

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Now here is an interesting twist in Lebanon's ongoing struggle to free itself from Syrian domination and military control. Long recognized as the world's last remaining satellite state, the Lebanese have increasingly been willing to challenge Syria by asking them to get out of their country.

Today, Lebanon's Syrian-backed Prime Minister Omar Karami, under pressure after the assassination of an ex-prime minister, said today his government was resigning.

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"Out of concern that the Government does not become an obstacle to the good of the country, I announce the resignation of the Government I had the honour to lead," he told Parliament in Beirut.

The Government earlier came under fire in Parliament over the assassination of Rafik al-Hariri in a huge bomb this month, while just streets away thousands of people defied a protest ban to demand it stand down.

The debate had been expected to close with a no-confidence vote in the Government, but after a lunch break Mr Karami took the podium to announce the resignation of the Government.

His speech was met by applause from the Opposition, which had seized upon public fury over the killing to demand the resignation and call on Syria to withdraw its troops from its tiny neighbor.

Posted by Hyscience at February 28, 2005 12:49 PM

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