Lebanon PM rules out resignation for now


Following a security meeting at the Grand Serail , Lebanese PM Nagib Mikati ruled out resignation for now . ” The time now is to accept responsibility and not to quit”, he told reporters after the meeting that he chaired to discuss the security measures after the murder on Sunday of Sunni cleric Sheikh Ahmad Abdel Wahid.

Sheikh Abdel Wahid was killed at an army checkpoint in the Akkar town of al-Kweikhat on Sunday .

The cleric who was known for his support of the anti-regime uprising in neighbouring Syria was scheduled to make a speech at a Jamaa al-Islamiya rally in Halba. The event has since been called off.

The rally was to mark the May 2008 events when the Iranian and Syrian backed Hezbollah militant group and its allies occupied the western part of Beirut and tried but failed to occupy Mt Lebanon.

Most of the roads are closed in Lebanon

The killing of the cleric outraged many Lebanese throughout the country.

Many roads throughout Lebanon were blocked with burning tires . Here is a sampling of the roads that were blocked:

Deir Zannoun road , east of the town of Zahle

Qub el Elias road in Beqaa valley area

Khaldeh road leading to Beirut ( The army has been able to open this road)

Marj International road ( The army has also been able to open this road)

Verdun Road in west Beirut near the army barracks

The road leading to the sports stadium in west Beirut

Sheikh Bechara road leading the the center of Beirut

Cornish el Mazraa road near Abdel Nasser Mosque

Most roads in Akkar and Tripoli area in north Lebanon

Schools closed

Al Makassed announced the closure of all schools in Lebanon tomorrow to observe the mourning of the killed cleric