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.