A billboard depicting former slain Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Jezzine, Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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The Feb. 14, 2005, assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri generated earth-shaking changes for Lebanon's political scene, shattering the status quo that had prevailed for the previous decade and a half and creating new political alliances.But Syria's allies came together to form what would be known as the March 8 coalition, while those opposed to Syria's presence in the country joined hands under the March 14 coalition. Below is a timeline of the major political events that Lebanon has witnessed following the assassination of Hariri:Feb. 14, 2005: A massive explosion in Downtown Beirut kills Hariri and 21 others. March 14, 2005: Supporters of the Future Movement, Lebanese Forces, Kataeb Party, Free Patriotic Movement, the Progressive Socialist Party and others take part in a massive demonstration in Downtown Beirut, calling for Syria's withdrawal from Lebanon and the truth behind Hariri's assassination to be revealed.July 18, 2005: Fouad Siniora forms his first government, bringing together March 8 and March 14 parties.In Lebanon, the March 14 coalition backs Syrian rebels, while March 8 parties stand by the side of the Syrian regime.
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