Wednesday, March 30, 2005
Lebanese People Power, Again
"Lebanese PM to quit today," Times of Oman, 30 March 2005, http://www.timesofoman.com/newsdetails.asp?newsid=13276.
The Prime Minister of Lebanon is resigning today.
Lebanese Prime Minister Omar Karameh yesterday said he would stand down today after failing to form a national unity government, a decision likely to plunge the country into further political turmoil.
Karameh has been operating on a caretaker basis since resigning on February 28 in the face of protests sparked by the assassination of five-time premier Rafiq Hariri in a bomb blast.
Opposition spokesman Samir Frangieh welcomed the news and called for the swift formation of a “neutral” interim government composed of people “who enjoy public confidence” to see the country through to parliamentary elections due by the end of May.
If this sounds familiar... it is because it already happened
Hopefully this is a sign of clear progress. No word on new freedom chicks, so Marchand's link to Publius's old gallery will have to do for now.
Update: Jawa links to Debka. This is incredible. If true, it is still unbelievable.
DEBKAfile exclusive military sources report complete collapse of pro-Syrian political and intelligence structure in Lebanon and abrupt withdrawal of all Syrian commands including key figure military intelligence chief General Ghazaleh.
Lebanese secret service chief Gen. Raymond Azar has fled to Paris. Internal Security Forces head Gen. Ali al-Hajj about to quit.
New York Times has more coverage. Perhaps the Prime Minister will delay his resignation. But more important: there's an evil thug named Raymond? Raymond?!?