- The resignation was ostensibly sparked by the government's failure to agree new election laws and on the appointment of a senior security chief.
- However, against a backdrop of widening sectarian divisions exacerbated by the civil war in Syria, there are fears in Lebanon that a governing vacuum will lead to political polarisation and an increase in violence.
- Lebanon has dealt with absence a formal government before; so on one level, little will change from an operational perspective under the caretaker administration. However, with elections certain to be delayed and political violence continuing to escalate in certain parts of the country, there is a high risk of further deterioration of the security situation.
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