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Lebanon's caretaker PM rejects leading new gov't unless consensus reached

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati said Thursday that he will reject leading the new government unless consensual agreement among political parties is reached to nominate him for the post anew."I thank everyone who wanted to name me to lead the new cabinet but I will not accept this honor unless I gained the approval and consensus of all parties," Mikati said in a statement released by his media office."When I submitted my resignation, I had a belief that this would break the political deadlock.

Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati's resignation accepted

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) - Fighting intensified in northern Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing Prime Minister Najib Mikati called for a "salvation" caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement. Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman had accepted Mikati's resignation, which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.

Clashes in Lebanon as PM Mikati resignation accepted

By Erika Solomon BEIRUT (Reuters) - Clashes were reported in Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing prime minister Najib Mikati called for a "salvation" caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned due to a political standoff with the Hezbollah movement. Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman accepted Mikati's resignation, a move which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.

Lebanese PM Mikati resigns

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Lebanese PM Mikati resigns

Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday, citing divisions on several issues, and called for the formation of a national unity government. "I announce the resignation of the government, hoping that this will open the way for the major political blocs to take responsibility and come together to bring Lebanon out of the unknown," Mikati said. kam-sah/srm

Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigns

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced his government's resignation on Friday after a cabinet dispute with Shi'ite group Hezbollah over preparations for a parliamentary election and extending the term of a senior security official. Mikati's announcement after a deadlocked ministerial meeting plunged Lebanon, already struggling to cope with a spillover of bloodshed and refugees from neighbouring Syria, into fresh uncertainty three months before the planned election.

Lebanon needs Arab aid to help with Syria influx - PM

By Michael Stott and Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Prime Minister Najib Mikati urged Arab states to help Lebanon cope with a flood of Syrian refugees who are stretching its scarce resources and will need at least $370 million (247.9 million pounds) in support this year. Mikati said hospitals were full of Syrians, the sick and wounded from the civil war next door, and doctors were struggling to prevent outbreaks of disease among 340,000 refugees crammed into host communities around the country.
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