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(Pro-Syrian) Lebanese Government Quits
Yedioth Ahronoth ^ | 28 Febraury 2005 | Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked

Posted on 02/28/2005 10:09:44 AM PST by anotherview

Lebanese government quits

Prime Minister Omar Karami announces government's resignation amid growing protests in the wake of former Prime Minister Hariri's killing

By Roee Nachmias and Ali Waked

Lebanon's Syrian-backed Prime Minister Omar Karami, who has been facing growing popular pressure following the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, said on Monday his government was resigning.

Resigning Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karami
Photo: AFP

"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 honor to lead," Karami told parliament in Beirut.

The decision marks the first time in modern history an Arab government falls in the wake of popular pressure.

Lebanese protestors celebrating
Photo: CNN

Demonstrations against Hariri murder
Photo: AFP

Parliament members left the special session immediately after the resignation announcement.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people gathered outside the parliament building and waved Lebanese flags in celebration.

"This is the first time in Lebanon's history that the government falls," one opposition member told the masses, who responded with anti-Syria calls.

Victory for opposition

The Lebanese al-Mustaqbal television station, which was owned by Hariri, began broadcasting joyful music accompanied by live pictures from the main demonstration in Beirut's Martyrs Square.

The thousands of demonstrators protesting at the Square received the news of the resignation with cries of joy. The protestors have been at the square since early night hours, despite a protest ban declared by the Lebanese government

The government's resignation marks a clear victory for opposition forces in Lebanon, which have called for an investigation into the Hariri murder and for Syrian withdrawal from the country.

Lebanese opposition spokespersons said the government's decision is the first achievement en route to an inquiry into Hariri's assassination and the liberation of Lebanon from the Syrian occupation.

'This government is imaginary'

Earlier, opposition officials exchanged harsh words with outgoing Prime Minister Karami during the parliament session and claimed the government was not a sovereign one.

Parliament member and former Economy and Trade Minister Marwan Hamadeh, who survived an assassination attempt in October, delivered an unprecedented, harsh speech, which was aired on Arab television stations and stirred great interest.

"This government is imaginary and its members are imaginary," he said. "Hariri was killed back when they prevented him from being a prime minister and incited against him and claimed only money interested him."

-Reuters also contributed to this report

First Published: 02.28.05, 19:10
Latest Update: 02.28.05, 19:31


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushdoctrineunfold; bushdoctrineunfolds; hariri; haririkilling; israel; karami; lebanesegovt; lebanon; omarkarami; prosyriangovt; rafikhariri; resignation; syria; terrorism; uprising
The decision marks the first time in modern history an Arab government falls in the wake of popular pressure.

Long overdue change in Lebanon. Now what can be done for the thousands upon thousands of expatriate Lebanese Christians who were forced out by the Syrians and Palestinians? What can be done for the families of the thousands and thousands of Lebanese Christians who were killed? Will anyone other than Syria have a say in who leads the next government?

1 posted on 02/28/2005 10:09:49 AM PST by anotherview
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To: anotherview

I should add that Lebanese expatriate Christians I have met hate the Syrians and Palestinians with a passion and are very pro-America and pro-Israel.


2 posted on 02/28/2005 10:10:43 AM PST by anotherview ("Ignorance is the choice not to know" -Klaus Schulze)
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To: anotherview
This can only lead to more of the same.

All I can say is WoW! And keep my fingers crossed..........

3 posted on 02/28/2005 10:13:27 AM PST by Cold Heat (FR is still a good place to get the news and slap around an idiot from time to time.)
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To: anotherview
Lebanese government quits

The decision marks the first time in modern history an Arab government falls in the wake of popular pressure.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of people gathered outside the parliament building and waved Lebanese flags in celebration.

And John Kerry was heard to say: "Let's not over-hype this event."

4 posted on 02/28/2005 10:16:09 AM PST by capydick
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To: anotherview

Strategerie works!


5 posted on 02/28/2005 10:18:32 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Strategerie works!)
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To: capydick

Who is this "John Kerry" fellow you speak of?!?


6 posted on 02/28/2005 10:19:34 AM PST by Brian328i
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To: Brian328i

And the Golan Hieghts will no longer be used to launch missiles into Israel. Now THAT'S a Peace Process!


7 posted on 02/28/2005 10:27:26 AM PST by massgopguy (massgopguy)
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To: Brian328i

A famous windsurfer.


8 posted on 02/28/2005 10:28:15 AM PST by Raycpa
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To: NonValueAdded

Do you mean there was some misunderestimating going on?


9 posted on 02/28/2005 10:28:18 AM PST by StrictTime (Who's the only one here who knows the illegal ninja moves from the government?)
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To: anotherview
the libs are gonna implode

the lebanese,israelis and iraqi's have simply had enough..

hey UN? kiss my arse putos!

10 posted on 02/28/2005 10:30:03 AM PST by MetalHeadConservative35 (To the Wayne,Mi, Pop Scene...Be afriad...Be VERY afraid)
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To: TexasCowboy; Calpernia; Velveeta; Donna Lee Nardo; DAVEY CROCKETT; WestCoastGal; jerseygirl; ...

Ping............


11 posted on 02/28/2005 10:30:45 AM PST by nw_arizona_granny (The enemy within, will be found in the "Communist Manifesto 1963", you are living it today.)
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To: anotherview

As a Lebanese Christian I am happy to see my muslim compatriots join in asking for the withdrawal of Syria in one voice. We have all suffered terribly and my heart only contains joy and forgiveness as lebanon moves on its way to independence. I hope and pray it happens peacefully.


12 posted on 02/28/2005 10:35:41 AM PST by winner3000
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To: StrictTime

Probably.

They are hanging black crepe and white lilies at the NYTimes.

John Kerry is so depressed, he splurged on a new metrosexual biking outfit.

Bashar el-Assad just shat his pants.

Howard Dean, did what Howard Dean does. He screamed.


13 posted on 02/28/2005 10:36:06 AM PST by A Balrog of Morgoth (With fire, sword, and stinging whip I drive the Rats in terror before me.)
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To: NYer

Ping!


14 posted on 02/28/2005 10:36:13 AM PST by Convert from ECUSA (tired of all the shucking and jiving)
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To: winner3000

Peacefully would be wonderful, but hixbollah is still there .....the thugs will take some action....


15 posted on 02/28/2005 10:37:36 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (This tagline no longer operative....floated away in the flood of 2005 ,)
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To: anotherview; jveritas; Convert from ECUSA
Now what can be done for the thousands upon thousands of expatriate Lebanese Christians who were forced out by the Syrians and Palestinians?

The Lebanese Bishops believe that expatriates should be allowed to vote in the next election, much like the Iraqi expatriates.

Lebanese Bishops Fight for Sovereignty

16 posted on 02/28/2005 10:52:11 AM PST by NYer ("The Eastern Churches are the Treasures of the Catholic Church" - Pope John XXIII)
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To: A Balrog of Morgoth
he splurged on a new metrosexual biking outfit.

I don't know what that is, but please don't show me any pictures.

17 posted on 02/28/2005 10:58:05 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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related, a bit earlier:

Just in: Lebanese (pro-Syrian) government resigns
http://www.cnn.com | 28 February 2005 | CNN
Posted on 02/28/2005 8:57:15 AM PST by Eurotwit
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1352730/posts


18 posted on 02/28/2005 11:07:19 AM PST by SunkenCiv (last updated my FreeRepublic profile on Sunday, February 20, 2005.)
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To: anotherview

The main threat to the Southern Lebanese Christians who have been abandoned by Barak's government are the Shi'ite and Iran supported Hezb'ollah. Until they are ruling Southern Lebanon and until the Lebanese army ans security forces take control in those parts, there will be no peace and security for the Lebanese Christians or Israel, for that matter.


19 posted on 02/28/2005 11:23:28 AM PST by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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To: winner3000

I hope and pray it happens peacefully as well, but knowing the Syrians, I doubt it. They will say all the right things, but they are just playing for time. In the end, the Labanese people may need to evict Syria forcefully. Hopefully that effort will have some help.


20 posted on 02/28/2005 11:25:58 AM PST by FlipWilson
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To: nw_arizona_granny

I don't know enough about the Lebanese situation to form an intelligent opinion, but I can hope.


21 posted on 02/28/2005 11:26:27 AM PST by TexasCowboy (Texan by birth, citizen of Jesusland by the Grace of God)
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To: Mi-kha-el

Until they are ruling = As long as
Sorry, the English language is too hard.


22 posted on 02/28/2005 11:53:00 AM PST by Mi-kha-el ((There is no Pravda in Izvestiya and no Izvestiya in Pravda.))
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