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Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Stalls Resignation


Lebanon's prime minister-designate has postponed offering his resignation to the president, saying he wants to consult with his political allies before giving up hope of forming a national unity government.

Omar Karami said Wednesday, he will meet with his pro-Syrian allies in the next two days.

Mr. Karami said Tuesday he would resign for a second time. He initially quit in February, after anti-Syrian protests erupted following the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Mr. Karami was reappointed earlier this month.

His latest announcement follows a Syrian pledge Tuesday to the United Nations to withdraw all of its troops from Lebanon before the Lebanese elections in May.

Syria also protested a recent U.N. report on Mr. Hariri's assassination that was critical of Damascus. The government in Damascus called the report "far from objective."

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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