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  1. Lebanon Main Page
  2. Warring Factions Within Lebanon and Regional Conflicts Make Peace Impossible
  3. Continuing Conflict with Israel Leads to the Formation of Hezbollah
  4. Israeli Attacks and Syrian Meddling Continue
  5. Syrian Occupation Ends, but Syrian Influence Continues
  6. A Failed Israeli Attack Increases Hezbollah's Power
  7. Terrorism Within Lebanon Leads to a Troubled Government
  8. Hezbollah Flexes Its Muscle and Gains a Greater Stake in the Government
  9. Pro-Western Coalition Maintains Its Majority in Parliament
  10. Lebanon Dragged into War in Syria
  11. Prime Minister Mikati Resigns
  12. Civil War in Syria Spills over into Lebanon
Prime Minister Mikati Resigns

On March 22, 2013, Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigned in protest over parliament's failure to agree on how to oversee upcoming 2013 elections. Mikati was also unhappy with the Cabinet refusal to consider extending the police chief's tenure. Mikati spoke about his departure in a televised speech. He said, "Today I announce the government's resignation, hoping that God willing it will provide an impetus for primary political blocs in Lebanon to assume their responsibilities."

Lebanon's two major political blocs backed the opposing sides involved in Syria's civil war. Many feared that the war would spread into Lebanon. Mikati remained acting prime minister until President Suleiman accepted his resignation and a new prime minister was chosen.

Tammam Salam was asked to form a government in April 2013. Of the 128 parliament members, 124 voted for Salam to be the next prime minister. He assumed office on Feb. 15, 2014. Salam previously served as minister of culture from 2008 to 2009.

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