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2006-04-19 17:05:56

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria threatened Lebanese parliamentarians and gave them "direct instructions" to ensure President Emile Lahoud a third term in office, according to a report by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Lahoud, a staunch ally of Syria, has clung to power despite calls for his resignation. Annan's report, circulated late on Tuesday, gives further details on the pressure Damascus allegedly put on Lebanese legislators two years ago. Syria has...

2006-04-19 15:58:35

(Corrects term number in fourth paragraph to ...assume a second three-year term... instead of ...assume a third term...) A corrected repetition follows. By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Syria threatened Lebanese parliamentarians and gave them "direct instructions" to ensure President Emile Lahoud a third term in office, according to a report by U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Lahoud, a staunch ally of Syria, has clung to power despite calls for his resignation....

2006-03-22 10:13:12

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rival Lebanese leaders failed to agree on the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud on Wednesday, highlighting the wide gaps among Syria's allies and foes trying to end Lebanon's worst political crisis in 16 years. Political sources close to the "national dialogue" meeting in Beirut had said the talks' third round were not likely to yield breakthroughs on Lahoud's fate and disarming the anti-Israeli Hizbollah guerrillas. "We all know that there...

2006-03-18 13:24:47

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said on Saturday he would not cave in to mounting pressure to resign and that the country's pro-Syrian Hizbollah guerrillas should keep their arms. "I will not meet their demand and leave office. They can only oust me if the constitution states I am accused of treason or if I have violated the constitution, two things I have never committed," he said in advance excerpts of an interview to be aired on Al Jazeera television later on...

2006-03-03 15:09:48

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rival Lebanese leaders failed on Friday to bridge sharp differences over the fate of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and the disarming of Hizbollah guerrillas at a second day of talks to end Lebanon's political crisis. Political sources said heated debate raged between Muslim and Christian leaders, both pro- and anti-Syrian, at a "national dialogue conference" at parliament in the largest such gathering since the end of the 1975-1990 civil war....

2006-02-27 10:38:20

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has accused "foreign powers allied to Israel" of planning to oust him in favor of the country's main anti-Syrian coalition which has been calling on him to quit. In a letter to the Lebanese French-language daily newspaper L'Orient Le Jour published on Monday, the pro-Syrian Lahoud launched his most scathing attack against the parliamentary coalition led by majority leader Saad al-Hariri. "The parliamentary majority, with the help of...

2006-02-23 03:35:01

BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in Lebanon under tight security on Thursday to show support for a government working to shake loose the influence of its former political master Syria. "The sole purpose of the trip is to express support for the Lebanese people and the Lebanese government as they continue to try to recover fully their sovereignty," Rice told reporters as she flew into Lebanon from Saudi Arabia. In a snub, Rice planned to avoid...

2006-01-26 13:31:18

By Lin Noueihed RABIEH, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese Christian opposition leader Michel Aoun said on Thursday the government should resign if it was unable to end a political crisis that has paralyzed decision-making. Aoun, who heads a major parliamentary bloc but did not join a cabinet formed after Syria withdrew from Lebanon in April, called for early elections as a prelude to replacing pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud, who has been under pressure to resign. "The government...

2005-09-04 06:27:43

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's pro-Syrian president came under mounting pressure to step down on Sunday after four generals close to him were arrested on murder charges over the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri. A Lebanese magistrate issued formal arrest warrants on Saturday against the four pro-Syrian generals four days after they were detained on the recommendation of the chief U.N. investigator probing the February assassination. The four men, charged...

2005-07-26 01:36:55

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese Christian former militia chief Samir Geagea left prison on Tuesday after 11 years in jail for crimes committed during the 1975-1990 civil war. Geagea, anti-Syrian leader of the now-disbanded Lebanese Forces militia, was the only warlord jailed after the conflict. Lebanon's newly elected parliament, now dominated by foes of Damascus, passed a bill granting him amnesty last week. Geagea, 52, was driven straight to Beirut airport in a military...