Monday, February 28, 2005

Syrian backed government resigns

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's Syrian-backed government has resigned in a surprise move as thousands of protesters waving Lebanese flags rally in central Beirut to demand the withdrawal of Syrian forces from the small country.

The resignation of the government of Prime Minister Omar Karami on Monday came amid unprecedented public pressure and blame for former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri's killing this month.

"The people have won," main opposition leader Walid Jumblatt told LBC television after Karami announced the resignation of the cabinet to a parliament session debating Hariri's killing.

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