The political crisis in Lebanon between pro- and anti-Syrian factions is about to come to a climax, with fears the outcome could split the country into two competing governments if a compromise cannot be reached by Friday to replace the outgoing president. A vote to elect his successor was slated for September, but has been postponed four times, most recently on Nov. 21. Lahoud could hand power to a caretaker government that would include the military, while negotiations on a presidential candidate continue. Or anti-Syrian PM Fuad Siniora might stay on in a caretaker capacity, with limited duties. (VOA)

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