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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.
 
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
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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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
 
 
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 
 
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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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
 
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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
 
 
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 
 
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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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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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The Lebanese crisis explained
 
 
 
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Profile: Fouad Siniora
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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The Lebanese crisis explained
 
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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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The Lebanese crisis explained
 
 
 
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Profile: Fouad Siniora
 
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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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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  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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
RELATED INTERNET LINKS
 
Lebanese presidency
 
Syria Gate (official site)
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
 
 
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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Lebanese presidency ends in chaos
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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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Profile: Fouad Siniora
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
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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
 
 
 
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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  Last Updated: Friday, 23 November 2007, 22:50 GMT 
 
 
E-mail this to a friend  Printable version 
 
 
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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  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'
 
 
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* [[Miami/Miami Beach|Miami Beach]]
 
* [[Miami/Miami Beach|Miami Beach]]

Revisió de 17:26, 24 nov 2007

Miami és una ciutat de Florida.

Contingut

Districtos

La ciutat de Miami cobreix una àrea molt extensa que subdivideix en diferents barris i s'uneix a varies ciutats. També pot crear confussió el que és Miami amb que molts cops es confon per Miami Beach, que és la zona de platja tipicament turistica.

Les zones més destacades de Miami són:

  • Miami Beach
  • South Beach - Es tracta dela zona sur de la ciutat de Miami Beach, la zona més famosa de tot Miami. A aquesta zona els carrers van de est a oest i les avingudes de nord a sur, que es guien per nom, no numeració com la resta. Algunes de les avingudes més famoses són Ocean Drive, Collins, Washington, o Alton. Collins Avenue és coneguda per el gran nombre d´hotels estil art-deco. Els restaurants i locals més coneguts i tipics de la imatge de Miami estan a Ocean Drive, que és l'avinguda de primera linia de mar.
  • Lincoln Road es dels pocs carrers que no segueix la norma general i que no té numeració sinó nom. Es tracta d'un carrer peatonal des de Washington fins a Alton, on es pot trobar botigues, restaurants i ambient durant tot el dia.

Comprendre

Arribar-hi

Amb avió

L'International Miami Airport [1] és l'aeroport principal de la ciutat de Miami. Queda completament integrat dins de la ciutat, a l'altura de l'autopista Dolphin Expressway 836 amb la carretera Le Jeune Road. És l'aeroport d'Estats Units amb més vols directes a les capitals dels països del Carib, Centre i Sud-Amèrica. Per nombre de passatgers ocupa el lloc 14e en el món i el 7e per tràfic de càrrega.

Des d'Europa, hi ha vol directe des de les principals capitals. Algunes de les línies aèries que hi tenen vol des d'Europa són: Iberia, British Airway, Air France, Swiss Air, Virgin, etc.


Amb vaixell

El Port de Miami [2] és un dels destins mes importants per les principals línies de creuers. De fet, l'anomenen la capital mundial dels creuers. Les principals línies que hi operen son:

  • Carnival Cruise Lines
  • Celebrity Cruises
  • Costa Cruises
  • Crystal Cruises
  • Norwegian Cruise Lines
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Oceania Cruises
  • Windjammer Barefoot Cruises

Circular

Amb avió

Amb vaixell

Amb cotxe

Moure's amb cotxe llogat per Miami és la millor opció, ja que les distàncies són molt grans i el transport públic nefast. Les principals companyies internacionals de lloguer de cotxes hi són presents com: Hertz, Enterprise, Alamo, Avis, etc. i també hi ha companyies locals com Miami Rent a car [3]

També es poden llogar cotxes més exclusius com els que ofereix l'empresa Exotic Car Rental [4].

Cal dir que si s'és menor de 25 anys la tarifa sol augmentar en $25 més diaris.

Amb bus

Amb tren

Veure

Fer

Esdeveniments

Activitats

Aprendre

Treballar

Comprar

Menjar

Beure i sortir

  • Segafredo - Terrassa de còctels de Lincoln Road, tota classe de begudes. Molt concorreguda, molts cops hi ha cua per seure's.

Dormir

Econòmic

Mitjà

Gran despesa

Mantenir contacte

Seguretat

Salut

Anar-se'n

Variants

Accions

Docents

En altres llengües