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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
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Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
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But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
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The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
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The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
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The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
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BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
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  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
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Beirut diary: 12 November
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Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
 +
Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
 +
 +
Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 +
 +
Bookmark with:
 +
Delicious Digg reddit Facebook StumbleUpon
 +
What are these?
 +
  VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
 +
Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
 +
Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
 +
 +
Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
 +
 +
| News feeds
 +
 +
 +
MOST POPULAR STORIES NOW
 +
MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Africa in pictures: 10-16 June
 +
Many flee from Philippines storm
 +
Chocolate lorry goes to Timbuktu
 +
Australians vote to choose leader
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Tanzania surgery mix-up man dies
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Day in pictures
 +
Most popular now, in detail
 +
 +
 +
 +
FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS  Shock to system
 +
Rape case adds to notoriety of Brazilian prison regime
 +
  Black day
 +
Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
 +
  Day in pictures
 +
Some of the most striking images from around the world
 +
 +
 +
 
 +
 +
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PRODUCTS & SERVICESE-mail news Mobiles Alerts News feeds Podcasts
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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
 +
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E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
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Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
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Send us your comments 
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
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The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
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 +
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Lebanese presidency
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Syria Gate (official site)
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
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 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
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TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
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Views from Beirut
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Send us your comments 
 +
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
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 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
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Beirut diary: 12 November
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Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
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Lebanese presidency
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
 +
Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
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 +
Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
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Tanzania surgery mix-up man dies
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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  Black day
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
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A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
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But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
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The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
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The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
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 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
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 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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  Lebanon impasse
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Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
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Beirut diary: 12 November
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Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
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The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
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The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
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Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
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President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
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Views from Beirut
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Send us your comments 
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
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LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
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Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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  Lebanon impasse
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Beirut diary: 12 November
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Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
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The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
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Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
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President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
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Views from Beirut
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
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Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
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But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
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The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
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The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
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LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
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 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
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TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Bookmark with:
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What are these?
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  VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
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The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
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The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
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The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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  Lebanon impasse
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Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
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Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
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 +
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KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
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 +
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Lebanese presidency
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Syria Gate (official site)
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
 +
Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
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 +
Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
 +
 +
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Chocolate lorry goes to Timbuktu
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Australians vote to choose leader
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Stricken Antarctic ship evacuated
 +
Tanzania surgery mix-up man dies
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
 +
Day in pictures
 +
Most popular now, in detail
 +
 +
 +
 +
FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS  Shock to system
 +
Rape case adds to notoriety of Brazilian prison regime
 +
  Black day
 +
Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
 +
  Day in pictures
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Some of the most striking images from around the world
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== Ciutats ==
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* [[Chanthaburi|Chanthaburi]]
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* [[Chonburi|Chonburi]]
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
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KEY STEPS
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Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
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If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
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Views from Beirut
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Send us your comments 
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Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
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 +
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 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
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The Lebanese crisis explained
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
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 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
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 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
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Lebanese presidency
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Syria Gate (official site)
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
 +
The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected successor and a bitter dispute over who is in power.
 +
Before pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud left the presidential palace at midnight (2200 GMT) he issued an order that the army should take over control.
 +
 +
But pro-Western PM Fouad Siniora rejected the move and says that under the constitution he and his cabinet are in temporary power.
 +
 +
The latest in a series of attempts to find a new president failed on Friday.
 +
 +
The president is elected by parliament, but a vote was scuppered after the pro-Syrian opposition did not allow the necessary quorum to be achieved. A new vote has been scheduled for 30 November.
 +
 +
KEY STEPS
 +
Vote scheduled 1300 (1100 GMT) Friday but not held. Speaker sets vote for 30 November
 +
President Emile Lahoud's term expires 0000 Saturday
 +
If the presidency become vacant, constitution says presidential powers passed to PM Fouad Siniora
 +
 +
 +
Views from Beirut
 +
Send us your comments 
 +
 +
Mr Lahoud refused to recognise Mr Siniora's government and analysts say his security move was effectively a call for a state of emergency.
 +
 +
The US has urged all parties to remain calm and said that under the constitution the Lebanese cabinet should "temporarily assume executive powers and responsibilities until a new president is elected".
 +
 +
Shortly before midnight, Mr Lahoud, 71, walked out of the Baabda presidential palace as the national anthem played, ending nine years in office.
 +
 +
AFP news agency quoted him as telling reporters: "If they do not elect a new consensual president, with the required two-thirds majority, we have men who can stand up."
 +
 +
The BBC's Kim Ghattas in Beirut says that opponents of Mr Lahoud have been celebrating the departure of man they see as the last remnant of Syrian influence over the country.
 +
 +
She says the country appears to be in the ultimate political limbo, with the rival parties even in disagreement over whether a state of emergency exists.
 +
 +
'Not valid'
 +
 +
A few hours before his term was due to end, Mr Lahoud issued a statement via a spokesman, Rafiq Shalala.
 +
 +
It said the army would have responsibility for maintaining order throughout the country.
 +
 +
 +
Mr Siniora says he should take over temporarily under the constitution
 +
 +
"There are conditions and risks on the ground that could lead to a state of emergency," Mr Shalala said.
 +
 +
However, constitutionally Mr Lahoud could not call for a state of emergency without the backing of the government he did not recognise.
 +
 +
Mr Shalala said the army would "submit the measures it takes to the cabinet once there is one that is constitutional".
 +
 +
A spokesman for Mr Siniora told AFP news agency: "The statement issued by the general directorate of the president of the republic is not valid and is unconstitutional. It is as if the statement was never issued."
 +
 +
The head of the army has refused to comment. Gen Michel Suleiman was appointed by Mr Lahoud but has largely sought to keep the military neutral.
 +
 +
Our correspondent says there are reports that he has agreed to follow the cabinet's orders but that the situation may become clearer in the morning.
 +
 +
However, she says the one thing everyone does agrees on, at least for now, is that they do not want a return to violence.
 +
 +
Tension on streets
 +
 +
The election of a president requires a two-thirds majority, which means that the pro-Western ruling bloc - with only a slim majority - could not force its preferred candidate through parliament.
 +
 +
The tension was palpable on the streets as the crisis over electing the president came to a head, with the army deployed in force and schools closed, our correspondent says.
 +
 +
Checkpoints were set up and the ministry of interior suspended all firearm permits until further notice.
 +
 +
The crisis has raised fears of civil strife, including the possibility of rival administrations.
 +
 +
The issue has turned into a regional and international affair.
 +
 +
The US, Russia, Syria and Iran have all been intensely involved and there has been a lot of diplomatic shuttling between Damascus, Moscow, Tehran and Paris ahead of the end of Mr Lahoud's term.
 +
 +
 +
 +
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
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Bookmark with:
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What are these?
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  VIDEO AND AUDIO NEWS
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Troops on the streets amid fears of unrest
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
LEBANON POLITICAL CRISIS
 +
 +
 +
KEY STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
Lebanese fail to elect president
 +
Lebanon president deadline looms
 +
France decries Lebanon 'blockage'
 +
 +
 +
BACKGROUND AND ANALYSIS
 +
  Lebanon impasse
 +
Rival factions are unable to come to an agreement on a new president.
 +
 +
Beirut diary: 12 November
 +
Lebanon vote in balance
 +
The Lebanese crisis explained
 +
 +
 +
PROFILES
 +
Who are the Maronites?
 +
Profile: Fouad Siniora
 +
Profile: Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah
 +
Quick guide: Hezbollah
 +
 +
 +
 +
 +
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 +
Lebanese presidency
 +
Syria Gate (official site)
 +
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites
 +
 +
 +
TOP MIDDLE EAST STORIES
 +
Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
 +
Saudis to attend Mid-East summit
 +
 +
Israeli 'tried to spy for Iran'
 +
 +
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 +
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 +
Most popular now, in detail MOST E-MAILED MOST READ Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 +
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 +
Tanzania surgery mix-up man dies
 +
Death-cheating cat dubbed bionic
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  Black day
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Zimbabwe rhino killings put breeding project in jeopardy
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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos 
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Mr Lahoud left office refusing to recognise the PM's government
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The term of Lebanon's president has ended with no elected succe