Fireworks in Lebanon… Pro-Syrian President Steps Down
Fireworks in Lebanon after the Pro-Syrian President steps down…
Some 2000 Anti-Lebanese president and pro-government supporters, set fireworks dancing beating drums and shouting ‘Lahoud out’ as they gathered in a Sunni Muslim neighborhood celebrating the departure of president Emile Lahoud, in Beirut, Lebanon, Late Friday Nov. 23, 2007.
Emile Lahoud left office late Friday exactly at the end of his term, without a successor chosen to fill the post, ending a nine years of controversial rule marked by triumph and upheaval that is sure to reverberate long after he sets into civilian life. Lebanon’s political tumult intensified as President Emile Lahoud said the country is in a ‘state of emergency’ and handed security powers to the army before he left office Friday without a successor.(AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
Beirut Spring has video of Pro-Syrian Lahoud leaving office.
The Ouwet Front has a few choice words of farewell for the traitor Lahoud.
President Lahoud leaves a long trail of tragedy as he leaves office.
Ya Libnan reported:
Lahoud, 71, also has a long list of leftovers: Four military aides behind bars, 12 unsettled political crimes, a split nation struggling to avoid renewed civil strife and a vacant presidential office waiting for the election of a new head of state who can patch up a people that cannot agree even on one answer to a simple question: Who is the enemy?
In 1998, Syrian President Hafez Assad sponsored a constitutional amendment that allowed Army Commander Lahoud to run for Lebanon’s top post.
The Syrian-controlled parliament responded, not only by adopting the Assad-inspired constitutional amendment, but also by unanimously electing his chosen candidate to Lebanon’s top post.
Blessed by “the father”, Lahoud enjoyed another constitutional amendment inspired by the late Syrian President’s son-heir Bashar Assad in 2004 that kept him in office for three years more.
Shortly after Lahoud received the second Assad Blessing, Communications Minister Marwan Hamadeh survived a car-bomb attack on Oct. 1, 2004 and the list of serial killings rolled:
Ex-Premier Rafik Hariri, Minister of Economy Basel Fleihan, columnist Samir Qassir, former leader of the Communist Party George Hawi, TV journalist May Chidiac, Defense Minister Elias Murr, MP Jibran Tueni, Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel, MP Walid Eido and MP Antoine Ghanem.
The Assassination of ex-MP Elias Hobeika in 2002 also remains a mystery.
No coincidence, all the victims were prominent opponents of Lahoud, or both Lahoud and Syria’s dominance over Lebanon.
MP Akram Shehayeb accused Hizbullah of setting the stage to control Lebanon and change its government, vowing that the March 14 alliance is committed to confronting such a scheme –Naharnet.
Lebanese loyal to parliament majority leader Saad al-Hariri celebrate after President Emile Lahoud has left the presidential palace in the Tariq al-Jadideh area in Beirut November 23, 2007. (REUTERS/Hussam Shbaro)
The tension is building after the Pro-Syrian president stepped down today in Lebanon.
The BBC reported:
The term of Lebanon’s president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power. Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
…Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora’s government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should “temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected”.
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed.
Some 2000 anti-Lebanese president and pro-government supporters, dancing and beating drums and shouting ‘Lahoud out’ as they gathered in a Sunni Muslim neighborhood celebrating the departure of president Emile Lahoud, in Beirut, Lebanon, Late Friday Nov. 23, 2007. (AP)
From Beirut to the Beltway is following the developments from Lebanon.