March 10, 2005 |
Following a massive pro-Syria demonstration a day earlier, Damascus' allies here Wednesday nominated Prime Minister Omar Karami to the post he quit under pressure last week, a reversal that appeared likely to ensure Syrian control over Lebanon and served as a setback to opposition groups. Karami's renomination drew harsh reactions from the opposition, whose calls for a Syrian withdrawal from Lebanon have won backing from the United States, France, Saudi Arabia and other nations.
March 31, 2005 |
Lebanon's pro-Syria Prime Minister Omar Karami delayed carrying out his promise to step down until after political consultations this week. The anti-Syria opposition accused authorities of stalling. Karami's intention to quit followed a deadlock over a new Cabinet that must be formed before the parliamentary election.
October 22, 2004 |
Lebanon's president appointed staunchly pro-Syrian politician Omar Karami as prime minister in a move that consolidates Syria's hold on Lebanese politics. Karami replaces billionaire Rafik Hariri, who has had a long rivalry with President Emil Lahoud -- a close ally of Syria-- and who announced a day earlier he would not continue as prime minister in the new government.
December 23, 1990 |
The main Christian groups--the Lebanese Forces, the Falangist Party, the Druze Progressive Socialist Party and Hezbollah--said they will not join a proposed national unity government if the majority of its members are pro-Syrian. The refusal threatened to torpedo efforts by newly appointed Prime Minister Omar Karami to form a 30-member Cabinet that would include the warlords of Christian and Muslim militias.
January 12, 1991 |
Druze warlord Walid Jumblatt resigned his post as minister-without-portfolio, dealing a blow to the half-Muslim, half-Christian government formed in Beirut to steer Lebanon out of civil war. The sudden resignation means the 30-seat Cabinet now lacks two of the three major militia leaders Prime Minister Omar Karami had sought to attract to the national reconciliation government he formed on Dec. 24.
April 10, 2005 |
Dozens of Syrian tanks and military vehicles left Lebanon as Damascus accelerated its military pullout. Witnesses said at least 75 tanks had vacated positions in the southern end of the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon and were being driven on military transporters across the border. Meanwhile, pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami said he would unveil a long-awaited new government in Beirut on Monday to lead until general elections originally set for May. They are expected to be delayed.