September 4, 2000 |
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.
May 11, 2000 |
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.
August 28, 2000 |
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.
December 20, 1990 |
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.
June 3, 1999 |
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.
November 7, 1989 |
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.