In Lebanon the Prime Minister, Selim al-Hoss, has tendered his resignation to President Elias Sarkis, together with that of his eight-man Cabinet team of "technocrats" who have been attempting to rule the fragmented country for two-and-a-half years.
SV & CU ZOOM OUT Lebanese Prime Minister Selim al-Hoss with head of Najadeh Party Adnan Hakim and delegation (3 shots)
SV Other delegates
SV Hakim and delegation leaving
SV Deputy Albert Monsour seated talking to Dr. Hoss
On Tuesday (15 May), Lebanon's two main right-wing parties, the Falange and the National Liberal Party, announced that they had reached agreement on a merger plan, following thee days of street fighting between their militias that cost an estimated 25 lives.
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Background: In Lebanon the Prime Minister, Selim al-Hoss, has tendered his resignation to President Elias Sarkis, together with that of his eight-man Cabinet team of "technocrats" who have been attempting to rule the fragmented country for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Sarkis accepted the resignation, but has asked Dr. Hoss and his colleagues to continue in office in a caretaker capacity until a new cabinet can be formed.
This is not the first time that Dr. Hoss has stood down in an effort to bring the nature of Lebanese politics into focus. But on Wednesday (16 May) a group of parliamentarian, including the head of the Najadeh Party, Adnan Hakim, cisaited his home in the Beirut suburb of Doha in an attempt to dissuade him from resigning.
But despite their protestations, Dr. Hoss has emphasised his determination not to take office again, even if efforts to form a new government fail. His move came only hours after news that a summit meeting between Mr. Sarkis and Syrian President Hafez al-Assad had resulted in agreement on a common approach to restoring stability in Lebanon -- this after four years of civil strife that have turned the country into a patchwork of feuding factions.