Lebanese state news agency says PM to resign

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2013 2:53 PM

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's state news agency says Prime Minister Najib Mikati will announce his resignation.

The National News Agency said late Friday that Mikati would soon give a speech announcing his decision, but gave no further details.

Lebanese media have speculated that Mikati would quit his post due to a parliamentary impasse over the extension of the tenure of Lebanon's police chief, Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi.

Shiite militant group Hezbollah, which dominates the parliament, considers Rifi a foe and has said it won't support the extension.

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Mikati's resignation would need to be accepted by President Michel Suleiman before it becomes official.