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Lebanese prime minister resigns amid infighting

BEIRUT — Lebanon’s prime minister resigned Friday due to government infighting that threatens to leave a void in the state’s highest ranks at a time of rising tensions and sporadic violence inflamed by the civil war in neighboring Syria.

Najib Mikati stepped down to protest the Parliament’s ­inability to agree on a law to govern elections set for later this year, as well as for the Cabinet’s refusal to extend the ­tenure of the country’s police chief, who is about to retire.

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