A car bomb shook downtown Beirut today, killing former Finance Minister Mohamad Chatah and five other people, underscoring how the fallout from Syria’s civil war is deepening divisions in neighboring Lebanon.
Five years after the murder of former Lebanese premier Rafiq Hariri , his son’s government of national unity has sought to stabilize a country torn for decades by sectarian war. The search for Hariri’s killers puts that goal at risk.
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be re-nominated for the post by his Future movement , which won’t consider any alternative candidates after the collapse of Hariri’s coalition government, ex-premier Fouad Siniora said.
Lebanon’s political divide deepened as supporters of Saad Hariri affirmed backing for a United Nations inquiry into his father’s killing, hours after Hezbollah and its allies brought down his government.
Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri for the first time publicly blamed the collapse of his government in January on the leader of the Shiite Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, and its backer, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.