Lebanon celebrates new president

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 25 (UPI) -- Celebratory gunfire rang out in Beirut Sunday after Lebanon's Parliament elected Gen. Michel Suleiman the nation's 12th president.

Police clash with protesters in Beirut

BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 7 (UPI) -- A protester participating in opposition-backed strikes in Lebanon injured several people with a percussive grenade, security sources in Beirut said Wednesday.

Analysis: Damascus summit stresses schism

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- As expected, there were no surprises at the Arab summit in Damascus that ended Sunday without any breakthrough regarding the Lebanese presidential crisis. .
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Analysis: Lebanon pregnant with danger

WASHINGTON, March 13 (UPI) -- It was late November 2007 when the already extended mandate of Lebanese President Emile Lahoud expired, the former president wished his staff at the presidential palace in Baabda good luck and goodbye, got into his armor-plated limousine and drove off into the night. Four months later and 16 attempts at staging elections to fill the vacant presidency, Baabda Palace remains unoccupied -- and Lebanon remains without a president.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Arab summit causing fury in Lebanon

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 11 (UPI) -- Lebanese officials, citing a long-standing row with Syria and Lebanon's own political vacuum, might not attend the upcoming Arab League summit, ministers said.

Lebanon postpones elections for 16th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, March 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon's presidential election was delayed Monday for the 16th time over power-sharing disputes between the ruling parties and Hezbollah, an official said.

Analysis: Mideast situation heats up

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Like a macabre jigsaw puzzle, the pieces for a generalized Middle East flare-up are slowly -- and dangerously -- falling into place.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Lebanese leader calls for war

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- Gunbattles broke out throughout Lebanon following statements by socialist leader Walid Jumblatt threatening war, a police official said.

Presidential elections in Lebanon delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Lebanon will remain without a president for an additional 15 days after parliamentary leaders again delayed a vote to elect the country's next leader.

Lebanon leader's vote delayed 13th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Political bickering will delay the Lebanese parliamentary vote for a new president until February, the house speaker announced.

U.S. Embassy car bombed in Lebanon, 4 dead

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- A powerful explosion Tuesday killed four Lebanese bystanders and destroyed a car belonging to the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, CNN said.

Moussa urges Lebanese to unite

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Jan. 12 (UPI) -- The head of the Arab League Saturday urged Lebanese opposition parties to band together for the good of their country.

Lebanon presidential vote postponed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The Lebanese parliament postponed voting to approve a new president until Saturday after the body failed to reach a consensus on the issue Monday.

Lebanese elections delayed for 7th time

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Friday delayed the parliamentary session to elect a new head of state for the seventh time.

Analysis: Lebanon's un-independence

WASHINGTON, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- The deadline set by the Lebanese Constitution for the country's Parliament to elect a new president expired at midnight Friday. No consensus was reached and the departing president, Emile Lahoud, handed the task of insuring Lebanon's security to the army. He called it a "temporary measure." But in Lebanon, temporary measures have a bad habit of being more than temporary.
CLAUDE SALHANI, UPI Contributing Editor

Lebanon without a president

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Lebanon had no president Friday for the first time since the end of the Lebanon civil war in 1990, as its parliament failed to resolve a political deadlock.

Outgoing Lebanon chief urges army security

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The president of Lebanon, only hours before he was set to leave office without a named successor, called on the Lebanese army to preserve security.

Lebanese presidential election delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lebanon has pushed back its presidential election by nine days, from Monday to Nov. 21, marking the third time the parliamentary balloting has been postponed.

Beirut hosts leaders ahead of elections

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Foreign delegates visited Beirut for talks on Lebanon's presidential elections in an effort to avoid a power vacuum that would damage the country's stability.

Vote for Lebanese president delayed

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- The Lebanese parliamentary vote for a new president was postponed Monday until next month by National Assembly Speaker Nabih Berri.

Lebanon moves vote on president to Oct.

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The Lebanese opposition boycotted a parliamentary vote on a new president Tuesday, forcing the rescheduling of a vote for Oct. 23.

Lebanon considering vote postponement

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Lebanon's presidential election will probably be delayed while a compromise candidate is sought, government leader Amin Gemayel said.

Lebanon vows election despite bombing

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 20 (UPI) -- Lebanese Parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday scheduled parliamentary elections will take place next week despite a bomb attack on a lawmaker.

Bush decries Lebanese lawmaker's death

WASHINGTON, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- The White House Wednesday said a Lebanese Parliament member who was killed in a car bombing outside Beirut was "viciously murdered."

Bomb kills six outside Lebanese capital

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- A car bombing outside the Lebanese capital of Beirut Wednesday killed six people, including one member of the nation's parliament.
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