September 11, 2009 |
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.
May 30, 2005 |
Saad Hariri, the son of assassinated former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, swept parliamentary elections in Lebanon's capital Sunday, inheriting the public mantle left by his father and shoring up his chances of becoming prime minister. A soft-spoken, billionaire businessman who insists that he wasn't groomed for politics, the 35-year-old Hariri headed a bloc of candidates that won all 19 of the city's seats in the first election since Syrian troops ended their 29-year domination of Lebanon.
July 24, 2010 |
Reports that a U.N. tribunal will blame the Shiite Muslim militia Hezbollah for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri have triggered fears of violence in this small, unstable country. Hezbollah chief Sheik Hassan Nasrallah said late Thursday that Saad Hariri, the current prime minister and son of the slain Sunni politician, had told him that United Nations investigators examining the assassination would pin responsibility on "undisciplined members" of Hezbollah.
August 31, 2005 |
Five prominent, staunchly pro-Syria officials were detained, questioned and named as suspects Tuesday in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. It was the first time investigators had publicly identified suspects in the massive Feb. 14 car bombing that killed 20 people, including Hariri, a popular, self-made billionaire who had grown increasingly opposed to Syria's involvement in Lebanon.
July 27, 2008 |
The Lebanese army flooded the streets of the northern city of Tripoli with troops Saturday, restoring a precarious calm after fierce sectarian fighting left nine people dead in two days, a military official said. Local television showed men firing machine guns and grenade launchers as street clashes raged between armed toughs loyal to Sunni Muslim leader Saad Hariri, who is backed by the West, and members of the Alawite Shiite Muslim sect, who are close to Syria and the Iranian-backed Shiite militia Hezbollah.
July 31, 2010 |
King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia and Syrian President Bashar Assad visited Beirut on Friday in a show of unity before an international tribunal's indictments in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. The visit appeared to be an attempt to quell anxiety in Lebanon that followed a speech last week by Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of the militant group Hezbollah, in which he denied links between his party and Hariri's death. Nasrallah called the tribunal's investigation an "Israeli project."