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Lebanese leader steps down

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s prime minister resigned Friday due to an impasse over a new election law and the Cabinet’s refusal to extend the tenure of the country’s police chief.

Najib Mikati’s resignation comes at a time of rising tensions and sporadic violence in Lebanon largely linked to the civil war next door in Syria. Lebanon and Syria share a complex network of political and sectarian ties that are often enflamed, and many fear that the war in Syria will bring violence to Lebanon.

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