Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Lebanon

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See also Arab-Israeli Conflict, Petroleum Affairs, Qatar, Syria

Oct. 20: Approximately 100 soldiers from the Turkish army, the first Muslim forces to join the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, arrived in Beirut. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan reassured the Turkish public that Turkish soldiers would leave Lebanon if called upon to disarm Hizbullah. [Haaretz, 10/20]

Nov. 11: Three Hizbullah ministers and two ministers from the Shi'ite Amal movement resigned from the Lebanese cabinet after talks concerning greater Hizbullah representation in the cabinet failed. Hizbullah wanted to gain the ability to veto government decisions by holding one-third of the seats in the cabinet, which would have greatly diminished Prime Minister Fouad Siniora's ability to implement his policies. [CNN, 11/11]

Nov. 13: The Lebanese cabinet approved the establishment of a tribunal to bring to justice those implicated in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. The measure to create the tribunal passed despite the absence of Shi'ite representation in the Lebanese cabinet due to the five resignations of November 11. The UN Security Council was then charged with overseeing the trial. [CNN, 11/13]

Lebanese Environment Minister Yacoub Sarraf resigned from the cabinet. Sarraf was the last Lebanese minister allied to Hizbullah who had remained in the cabinet, and his resignation echoed that of five other ministers on November 11. [Guardian, 11/13]

Nov. 21: Lebanese Industry Minister and Christian leader Pierre Gemayel was shot dead in a predominantly Christian suburb of Beirut. A member of the Phalange Party and son of former President Amin Gemayel, he was an outspoken critic of Syria. The assasination occurred just after the resignation of six pro-Syrian members of the Lebanese cabinet. [BBC, 11/21]

Nov. 23: An anti-Hizbullah and anti-Syrian demonstration emerged from the funeral procession for assassinated Industry Minister Pierre Gemayel in Martyrs Square in Beirut. Hundreds of thousands crowded the square as former President Amin Gemayel, the father of the slain Christian leader, exclaimed that this assassination should spark "a second independence uprising" for real change in Lebanon. …

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