Terrorism Within Lebanon Leads to a Troubled Government
In June 2007, anti-Syrian member of Parliament
Walid Eido was killed in a bombing in Beirut. In Sept. 2007, another
anti-Syrian lawmaker, Antoine Ghanem of the Christian Phalange Party,
which is part of the governing coalition, was assassinated. Those
assassinations were followed in December with the killing of Gen.
François al-Hajj, a top general who was poised to succeed army
chief Gen. Michel Suleiman.
In Sept. 2007, Hezbollah legislators
boycotted the session of Parliament at which lawmakers were to vote on a
new president. The Hezbollah faction had wanted the governing coalition to
put forward a compromise candidate. Parliament adjourned the session and
rescheduled elections. A caretaker government, led by Prime Minister Fouad
Siniora, took over on November 24 after President Émile Lahoud's
term expired and Parliament for the fourth time postponed a vote on his