Lebanese try to form a new government
One day after massive protests prompted the puppet government to collapse, the Lebanese president is attempting to form a new government.
Hundreds of protesters blowing whistles and chanting anti-Syrian slogans returned to central Beirut on Tuesday after forcing out the pro-Damascus prime minister, and Lebanon's president sought candidates for a new government.The next few days are crucial. It should be interesting to see what, if anything, Assad does. I suspect he will quietly withdraw his troops from Lebanon as quietly as is possible under the circumstances, and then insist that the government was never controlled by Syria they were just there to provide security.
About 400 people marched through downtown demanding the resignation of pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud and the withdrawal of Syrian soldiers. On Monday, 25,000 flag-waving demonstrators demanded — and got — Prime Minister Omar Karami's resignation.
"We will be here every day until the last Syrian soldier withdraws from our land," one activist said through a loudspeaker. The crowd, blowing whistles, chanted back: "Freedom. Sovereignty. Independence."