An atmosphere of uncertainty and tension hangs over Lebanon as the country awaits key political and judicial developments that will shape its future. Talks on forming a new government have been postponed to give the parties concerned more time to refine their positions.
As the media in Beirut packed up and went home, the focus shifted to Syria where regional leaders met to further earlier efforts at brokering a deal in their troubled neighbour.
It was the Shi’ite Hezbollah which triggered this latest crisis by pulling out of the coalition, vowing not to return under the current leadership.
That was in response to Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri’s continued support for the UN tribunal investigating the assassination of his father Rafik al-Hariri. The tribunal is expected to make public indictments against members of Hezbollah this week. The party denies any involvement in the killing of the then prime minister.