Lebanese Prime Minister Mikati resigns
Lebanese Prime Minister Nagib Mikati on Friday announced the resignation of his government, amid a row over a new electoral law and who should be appointed Internal Security Forces chief, dpa reports.
"I announce the resignation of my cabinet to pave the way to form a national salvation government," Mikati told reporters in Beirut.
He called on the country's politicians to "shoulder their responsibilities in order to pull Lebanon out of the unknown."
The opposition March 14 bloc and the Hezbollah-led government have been at loggerheads over the appointment of a successor to ISF chief Ashraf Rifi who is due to retire.
The Western-backed bloc wants his term extended and opposes the appointment of anyone allied to the pro-Syrian Hezbollah.
The two sides have also failed to agree on a new law that would see the redistribution of electoral districts ahead of parliamentary polls scheduled for June 9.
Mikati, a Sunni-Muslim businessman who has close links to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was appointed in January 2011.