World Bulletin/News Desk
Clashes were reported in Lebanon on Saturday as outgoing prime minister Najib Mikati called for a "salvation" caretaker government to take over, a day after he resigned.
Local media reported that President Michel Suleiman accepted Mikati's resignation, a move which could plunge Lebanon into further turmoil and uncertainty three months before a planned parliamentary election.
Sporadic clashes erupted for a third day in Lebanon's northern port city of Tripoli. Sniper fire killed one man and wounded two others, residents said.
Mikati's resignation on Friday came after a ministerial meeting was deadlocked by a dispute with Hezbollah.
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called for calm in a statement after Mikati's resignation.
"At this challenging time for the region, the Secretary-General calls on all parties Lebanon to remain united behind the leadership of President Suleiman," the statement said.
"He also calls on them to work together with the institutions of the State to maintain calm and stability, to respect Lebanon's policy of disassociation (in Syria) ... and to support the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces in sustaining national unity, sovereignty and security."Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Mart 2013, 15:53