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CHRONOLOGY-Events in Lebanon since Hariri’s killing

June 30, 2005

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The following is a chronology of somemain events in Lebanon since the assassination in February ofRafik al-Hariri, a former prime minister.

Feb. 14, 2005 – Hariri and 20 others are killed by truckbomb in Beirut.

Feb. 16 – At least 150,000 Lebanese turn Hariri’s funeralinto outpouring of anger against Syria.

Feb. 28 – Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns amidanti-Syrian protests.

March 2 – Opposition demands withdrawal of Syrian troops.

March 5 – President Bashar al-Assad tells the Syrianparliament that troops will start phased pullout from Lebanon.

March 6 – Hizbollah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says hisfighters will not disarm as Lebanon needs them to deter Israel.

March 7 – Assad and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud,meeting in Damascus, say they respect all Security Councilresolutions, including one demanding that foreign forces quitLebanon.

March 8 – Lebanese flood central Beirut for big pro-Syrianrally organized by Hizbollah. Syrian troops begin redeploying.

March 10 – Lahoud reappoints Karami to form government.

March 14 – Anti-Syrian protesters stage huge demonstration,Lebanon’s biggest since Hariri’s killing.

March 16 – Syrian intelligence agents vacate Beirut HQ.

March 19 – Bomb in Christian suburb of Beirut wounds 11people.

April 13 – Karami resigns again after failing to formcabinet to supervise elections.

April 15 – Lahoud appoints moderate Syrian ally NajibMikati as prime minister-designate.

April 19 – Najib Mikati forms new government.

April 25 – Pro-Syrian security chief Jamil al-Sayyedresigns.

April 26 – Last Syrian soldiers leave Lebanon.

May 7 – Michel Aoun, Maronite Christian and staunch foe ofSyria, returns to hero’s welcome after 14 years in exile.

May 29 – Parliamentary elections take place in Beirut infirst of staggered regional polls on four successive Sundays.The candidate list led by Saad al-Hariri, son of assassinatedformer prime minister, wins all 19 seats in Beirut.

June 2 – Samir Kassir, a prominent anti-Syrian journalistis killed when a bomb destroys his car in Beirut.

June 19 – The anti-Syrian alliance led by Hariri wins 72seats in the 128-member assembly at the end of elections.

June 21 – Anti-Syrian politician George Hawi, a formerleader of the Lebanese Communist Party, is killed in a blast inthe Wata Musaitbi neighborhood of Beirut.

June 28 – Parliament re-elects pro-Syrian Nabih Berri asspeaker for a fourth successive term.

June 30 – Lebanese president Emile Lahoud names FouadSiniora, the anti-Syrian former finance minister, as primeminister-designate.




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