August 22, 2001 |
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.
August 11, 2001 |
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.
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.
August 29, 2000 |
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.
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.
June 12, 2000 |
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.