Lebanon's pro-Syrian prime minister has resigned two weeks after the assassination of his predecessor sparked calls for an end to Syrian involvement in Lebanon.
Omar Karami's resignation was greeted with cheers from thousands of flag-waving protesters packed into central Beirut.
Mr. Karami says he does not want his government to become an obstacle to the good of the country. Lebanon's pro-Syrian president asked him to stay on until a new prime minister could be appointed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Karami's supporters demonstrated in his northern hometown of Tripoli (Lebanon), where one man died of a gunshot wound.
Syria called the resignation an "internal matter" for Lebanon. The White House called it an opportunity for truly representative government.
Lebanese opposition leaders say protests will continue until Syria withdraws its 14,000 troops from Lebanon.
Syria is facing increasing criticism for its involvement in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was killed. Damascus denies any involvement in his death.