» 06/17/2008, 00.00
Secretary Rice brings US backing to Suleiman and Siniora
The US secretary of state’s short stop in Lebanon shows Washington is “present” in the Doha agreement and Lebanon’s presidential election. Clashes between pro- anti-government supporters in Bekaa Valley result in three dead and four wounded.
More and more talk about a “Saudi” solution to Lebanon’s political crisis
Saudi ambassador meets Lebanese leaders and returns home today to refer on discussions. Sources close to Nabih Berri expect that an agreement between government majority and opposition might be possible by the end of the week.
Commemorating Rafik Hariri’s death, demanding answers from March 14 leaders
More than 100,000 people gather to commemorate the death of former PM Hariri. Speaking to the crowds, leaders reiterate in measured tones the alliance’s goals. However, banners appear, asking, “What have you with my vote?”
A country in mourning looks to the future with anxiety
On the day Antoine Ghanem is laid to rest, the Lebanese government calls on the United Nations and the Arab League to protect the upcoming presidential election. Saad Hariri and Nabih Berri talk on the phone.
Donors’ conference, cause of dissent between government and opposition
As the prime minister seeks the support of Arab countries, the opposition raises the specter that economic reforms will lead to the permanent settlement of Palestinians in the country.
Welch leaves Beirut confirming US support for Siniora and international tribunal
US envoy met leaders from the majority coalition and the opposition as well as the prime minister and the speaker of the National Assembly. Envoy believes that objections by Lahoud and Hezbollah to trying suspects in Hariri murder can be surmounted. Russia’s attitude remains an open question.
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