Giving Bush the Purple Finger

From Holden:

Lebanon’s pro-Syrian prime minister, who was forced to resign last week by opposition protests, was virtually assured of being asked to form the next government after a majority of lawmakers backed him Wednesday.

An unofficial count gave Omar Karami more than half the votes in the 128-member legislature. A formal announcement by President Emile Lahoud, who consulted with legislators, may be made as early as Wednesday night or Thursday.

By early evening, 70 of the 78 legislators — most of them government loyalists — who met with Lahoud advised him to restore Karami, according the legislators as they left the presidential palace.