Supporters of Lebanon’s opposition March 14 coalition clashed with police following the funeral of an assassinated security official as they held a “Day of Rage” protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Thousands of supporters of Lebanon’s opposition March 14 coalition poured into Beirut for today’s funeral of an assassinated security official and for a “day of rage” against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati said he agreed to a presidential request that he delay his resignation in the aftermath of a car bombing in Beirut that killed a general who had carried out inquiries into similar attacks on anti-Syrian officials.
Lebanon’s anti-Syrian March 14 coalition urged the government to step down as residents in several Sunni Muslim areas closed roads with burning tires to protest a car bombing that killed a top security chief and at least seven other people.
A top Lebanese security official who was investigating Syrian plans to carry out attacks in the country was killed in an explosion in Beirut that left at least eight people dead, the official National News Agency said.
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.