Friday, October 26, 2012

Post-al-Hassan Political Crisis

The bombing assassination of Lebanese intelligence official Wissam al-Hassan has contributed to political tension in Lebanon:
The anti-Syrian March 14 opposition blamed Bashar Al Assad's regime for the car bombing in the Achrafiyeh district that also killed three others last Friday. They called for the immediate resignation of Lebanon's prime minister, Najib Mikati.
In the days that followed, protesters attempted to storm government headquarters and the Lebanese army had to quell the violence in predominantly Sunni areas of the country.
Without any perceived neutral figures who could take over the premiership, there is widespread speculation that Mr Mikati will remain prime minister.
Observers quoted in the article say civil war in Lebanon is unlikely.  I hope their right, but am concerned that the likelihood slowly increases as the conflict in Syria continues.



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