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Lebanon's Pro-Syrian PM Re-Appointed

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Lebanese President Emile Lahoud has reinstated Omar Karami as prime minister, ten days after he resigned in the face of massive opposition protests. The pro-Syrian Mr. Karami said Thursday that Lebanon needs a government of national unity. But some opposition lawmakers immediately rejected the offer, and again called for all Syrian troops and intelligence agents to leave their country. Syrian troops in Lebanon were continuing a redeployment that began earlier this week under international pressure, which intensified after last month's assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri. President Bush, European leaders and several Arab governments have called for Syrian forces to leave Lebanon before its May elections. Meanwhile, the Bush administration said its view on the militant group Hezbollah has not changed. Officials denied a report in the New York Times that the United States was now willing to recognize the group as a political force in Lebanon, despite its designation as a terrorist organization.
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