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Last Updated: Saturday, 2 April, 2005, 04:48 GMT 05:48 UK
Lebanon PM urged to form cabinet
Omar Karami speaks to journalists
Mr Karami will form a new unity cabinet
Lebanon's embattled caretaker prime minister is to make a fresh attempt at forming a new government after agreeing not to step down, officials say.

Pro-Syrian politicians rejected Omar Karami's plan to resign after failing to form a unity cabinet.

Mr Karami's intention to quit threatened to delay Lebanon's general election scheduled for May.

The move came as another bomb exploded in a popular tourist resort in a Christian village east of Beirut.

Resignation rejected

Mr Karami was reappointed after resigning a month ago during the political crisis sparked by the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri.

He was reinstated as prime minister on 10 March but said he would stand down after failing to form a national unity government.

However his pro-Syrian allies in parliament urged him to stay on and form a new cabinet ahead of the polls.

Parliament speaker Nabih Berri said pro-Syrian factions "once again unanimously confirmed their rejection of giving up the principle of forming a government under his leadership."

But the anti-Syrian opposition said it will not take part in any cabinet until a full investigation is carried out into Mr Hariri's killing in February.

Meanwhile, shortly after Mr Berri's announcement, a bomb ripped through the Rizk plaza in the Broummana resort village, 20km (13 miles) east of the capital at 2145 local time (1845 GMT).

It was the fourth bomb attack in Christian areas in the last two weeks.

At least seven people were reported slightly injured, including an American and a Kuwaiti.

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