June 30, 2005

CHRONOLOGY-Events in Lebanon since Hariri’s killing

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.