Lebanon’s Aoun elected president, ending 29-month power vacuum

Lebanon’s parliament on Monday elected former general Michel Aoun president, ending a vacuum and political stalemate of more than two years. After four rounds of voting, including two unexpected repeat votes, Aoun won support from 83 lawmakers, easily clearing the 50-percent-plus-one majority required. The final tally included 36 blank votes and eight void ballots. Aoun, 81, failed to achieve the […]

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Thousands in Lebanon Protest Against Government

Demonstrations began last week over garbage piling up in the streets of Beirut (BEIRUT) — Thousands of people began gathering Saturday amid tight security in downtown Beirut, ahead of a major rally to protest government corruption and the country’s dysfunctional political system. At least two or three armored personnel carriers were deployed around the prime minister’s office. A man over […]

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Beirut Bombing: Is Lebanon Edging Back Toward Civil War?

The massive explosion in downtown Beirut on Friday morning that killed Mohamad Chatah, a moderate Sunni politician who once served as Lebanon’s ambassador to Washington, blackened the sleek facades of the redeveloped neighborhood that also formed the backdrop to the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Both men were well known as critics of Hizballah, the Shiite Muslim […]

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