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]