Lebanese prime minister resigns

Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri has resigned along with his government and said he would not lead a new government. The resignation on Wednesday came after the Lebanese constitution was changed last month in a controversial move to allow Emile Lahoud, Lebanon’s Syrian-backed president, to remain in office. Hariri said he met with Lahoud, who accepted his resignation. In a written statement, Hariri said the only way to fend off the challenges of Lebanon is to meet them through “a coherent internal front that addresses the aspirations and determination of the Lebanese and their confidence in their state and government.” Full Story

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