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June 12, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rumors of Syrian President Hafez Assad's demise were so prevalent in the last decade, the premature mourning--and celebrations--so commonplace, that when death finally came to the strongman, the Lebanese simply could not believe it. Shock, fear and uncertainty hung over this humid seafront capital Sunday as Lebanese Muslims and Christians struggled with what the passing of Lebanon's de facto ruler would mean for their country.
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September 11, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
Lebanon's U.S.-backed prime minister-designate abruptly quit today, plunging the nation deeper into a political crisis over failed efforts to form a government. Saad Hariri, whose March 14 coalition of political parties trounced a Hezbollah-backed alliance in June 7 elections, announced that he was stepping down from his post after failing to form a Cabinet. He blamed the Syrian- and Iranian-backed opposition for making unreasonable demands. "After a final round of negotiations, it became clear to me that some, with their impossible demands, are in no way going to allow the proposed Cabinet lineup to pass," Hariri, leader of Lebanon's Sunni Muslim community, sadi in a televised statement after meeting with President Michel Suleiman.
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NEWS
September 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Billionaire businessman Rafik Hariri and his allies appeared to be handily defeating Lebanon's prime minister and his backers in parliamentary elections Sunday, according to early unofficial returns, putting Hariri on course for a possible clash with the nation's president. Hariri, a former prime minister who tried to rebuild the country after its devastating civil war, hopes to again lead the government of Lebanon.
WORLD
November 20, 2007 | Borzou Daragahi, Times Staff Writer
Lebanon this week faces its worst political crisis since its 15-year civil war, with leaders unable to come up with a compromise selection for president after the current one's term expires Saturday. Lawmakers are scheduled to convene Wednesday to either vote on a president, by tradition drawn from the country's Maronite Christian community, or rubber-stamp one chosen behind closed doors by leaders of Lebanon's religious groups.
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May 11, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These are happy days for the militant Islamic guerrilla movement Hezbollah, which has spearheaded the fight against Israeli forces from places like this picturesque village in southern Lebanon, with its cedar-shaded streets and olive groves stretching invitingly along the hillsides. Two fortified military positions, one belonging to the Israel Defense Forces and one to its militia proxy, the South Lebanon Army, loom over the bucolic setting.
NEWS
August 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Independent observers denounced the first round of Lebanon's parliamentary elections as "unfair and unfree," but officials said the voting was held "in a democratic and neutral atmosphere." Counting began after polls closed in northern Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon--which is the Christian heartland--and the Chouf Mountains south of Beirut, where 1.3 million voters were electing 63 members to the 128-seat parliament. Results were expected today.
NEWS
December 20, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Prime Minister Salim Hoss, a veteran of the country's turbulent politics, resigned to make way for a broad-based reconciliation Cabinet aimed at boosting efforts to end 15 years of civil war. Hoss, a Sunni Muslim, submitted the resignation of his 14-man government to President Elias Hrawi, a presidential statement said. It said that Hrawi, a Maronite Catholic, asked Hoss to remain as caretaker prime minister until a successor is named.
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June 3, 1999 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young man has no illusions: He's on the losing side of a bitter conflict, and when his comrades leave this mountaintop town in the next few days, he's staying behind, hoping for amnesty from the Lebanese government. For more than a decade, he has cast his lot with the South Lebanon Army, a militia trained and financed by Israel to help the Jewish state control the "security zone" it occupies in southern Lebanon.
NEWS
November 7, 1989 | NICK B. WILLIAMS Jr., TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lebanese politicians began cementing alliances under a new government as Muslim Prime Minister Salim Hoss, head of one of two rival regimes, traveled to Syrian-controlled territory in the north to hand over his resignation to Rene Mouawad, a Maronite Christian elected and inaugurated Sunday as Lebanon's ninth president. Maj. Gen.
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September 21, 1995 | DAVID LAMB, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two months ago, while celebrating a 10-day Islamic holiday known as Ashoura, thousands of Shiite Muslims took to the streets here, radios blaring, horns honking, flags and banners waving from their cars. Once an impoverished, oppressed minority, the Shiites roared night and day through this city in an aggressive display of their newfound numerical and political strength.
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August 22, 2001 | MICHAEL SLACKMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tensions remained high in Lebanon on Tuesday despite the release from detention of about 50 activists, with leaders across the political spectrum accusing President Emile Lahoud of trying to militarize society and stifle Christian opposition to Syrian influence by staging mass arrests.
NEWS
August 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Lebanon's top security body banned two Christian groups opposed to Syria's role in the nation from any political activity and warned that it would punish violators. The ban was announced in a statement by the Central Security Council, which groups the country's various security forces. The ban targets the dissident groups of exiled rebel leader Michel Aoun and jailed Lebanese Forces militia chief Samir Geagea.
NEWS
August 9, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A security sweep by Lebanese troops that has netted as many as 250 Christian activists in two days renewed debate over Syrian military and political control in Lebanon and threatened to create a political crisis. The arrests Tuesday and early Wednesday followed a demand by Christian supporters at a weekend rally that Syria pull its 25,000 soldiers out of Lebanon. The army defended its actions, saying they targeted anti-Syrian activists holding illegal meetings.
NEWS
September 4, 2000 | From Associated Press
Billionaire businessman Rafik Hariri and his allies appeared to be handily defeating Lebanon's prime minister and his backers in parliamentary elections Sunday, according to early unofficial returns, putting Hariri on course for a possible clash with the nation's president. Hariri, a former prime minister who tried to rebuild the country after its devastating civil war, hopes to again lead the government of Lebanon.
NEWS
August 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made a strong showing in the first round of parliamentary elections, with allied candidates taking the majority of the 63 contested seats in northern and central Lebanon, according to official results. A tally of winners and losers from Sunday's vote showed candidates backed by Hariri or tilting toward him winning 34 of the 63 seats, Interior Minister Michel Murr announced.
NEWS
August 28, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Independent observers denounced the first round of Lebanon's parliamentary elections as "unfair and unfree," but officials said the voting was held "in a democratic and neutral atmosphere." Counting began after polls closed in northern Lebanon, Mt. Lebanon--which is the Christian heartland--and the Chouf Mountains south of Beirut, where 1.3 million voters were electing 63 members to the 128-seat parliament. Results were expected today.
NEWS
August 29, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri made a strong showing in the first round of parliamentary elections, with allied candidates taking the majority of the 63 contested seats in northern and central Lebanon, according to official results. A tally of winners and losers from Sunday's vote showed candidates backed by Hariri or tilting toward him winning 34 of the 63 seats, Interior Minister Michel Murr announced.
NEWS
September 9, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Lebanon's first national election in 20 years produced a pro-Syrian Parliament that appears to have sharpened Christian-Muslim differences. Final results released Tuesday showed that three-fourths of the newly elected 128 lawmakers are politicians who have close ties to Syria or who have supported the presence of Syrian troops. That includes some Christians, who hold half the seats under an agreement that ended Lebanon's 15-year civil war.
NEWS
June 12, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rumors of Syrian President Hafez Assad's demise were so prevalent in the last decade, the premature mourning--and celebrations--so commonplace, that when death finally came to the strongman, the Lebanese simply could not believe it. Shock, fear and uncertainty hung over this humid seafront capital Sunday as Lebanese Muslims and Christians struggled with what the passing of Lebanon's de facto ruler would mean for their country.
NEWS
May 11, 2000 | JOHN DANISZEWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
These are happy days for the militant Islamic guerrilla movement Hezbollah, which has spearheaded the fight against Israeli forces from places like this picturesque village in southern Lebanon, with its cedar-shaded streets and olive groves stretching invitingly along the hillsides. Two fortified military positions, one belonging to the Israel Defense Forces and one to its militia proxy, the South Lebanon Army, loom over the bucolic setting.
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