Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati resigns after Hezbollah blocks oversight of parliamentary elections

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, March 22, 2013 20:00 EDT
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Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati announced the resignation of his government on Friday in Beirut, after Hezbollah and its allies blocked the creation of a body to supervise parliamentary elections.

By News Wires

Lebanon’s prime minister has resigned due to an impasse over a new election law and parliament’s refusal to extend the tenure of the country’s police chief.

Najib Mikati said late Friday in a speech aired live on TV that he hoped his departure would be “an impetus for leaders to shoulder their responsibilities.”

After months of wrangling, the parliament has been unable to agree on a law to govern elections slated for later this year.

The Hezbollah-dominated parliament has also refused to extend the tenure of Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi, Lebanon’s police chief, whom it considers a foe.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman must accept Mikati’s resignation for it to be official.

[Lebanese PM Najib Mikati pictured above via AFP]

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