Tensions & challenges

Seymour, Richard
January 2005
Middle East;Jan2005, Issue 352, p40
This article reports that establishment finally snapped when the country's prime minister, Rafiq Hariri, and his cabinet, resigned following weeks of recriminations over the highly controversial constitutional change that allowed President Emile Lahoud to remain in power for a further three years. The political realities that Hariri spoke of may well have been caused by the widening chasm between those who wish to maintain Syrian presence in the country and those who feel that since Lebanon's civil war ended almost 15 years ago, Syria's influence is becoming more oppressive than it is helpful. Hariri, despite being favoured by Syria, said this year that he would rather cut his own wrists than work with Lahoud again.


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