Here is a chronology of the main events in Lebanon since former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was killed in February.
14 February, 2005 - Al-Hariri is killed by bomb in Beirut.
16 February - At least 150,000 Lebanese turn al-Hariri's funeral into outpouring of anger against Syria.
28 February - Prime Minister Omar Karami resigns amid anti-Syrian protests.
2 March - Opposition demands withdrawal of Syrian troops.
5 March - President Bashar al-Assad tells the Syrian parliament that troops will start phased pullout from Lebanon.
6 March – Hizb Allah chief Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah says his fighters will not disarm as Lebanon needs them to deter Israel.
7 March - Assad and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, meeting in Damascus, say they respect all Security Council resolutions, including one demanding that foreign forces quit Lebanon.
8 March - Lebanese flood central Beirut for big pro-Syrian rally organised by Hizb Allah. Syrian troops begin redeploying.
10 March - Lahoud reappoints Karami to form government.
14 March - Anti-Syrian protesters stage huge demonstration, Lebanon's biggest since al-Hariri's killing.
In March Nasrallah said
Hizb Allah will not disarm
16 March - Syrian intelligence agents vacate Beirut headquarters.
19 March - Bomb in Christian suburb of Beirut wounds 11 people.
23 March - Bomb kills three people in Christian town of Kaslik, north of Beirut.
13 April - Karami resigns again after failing to form cabinet to supervise elections.
15 April - Lahoud appoints moderate Syrian ally Najib Mikati as prime minister-designate.
19 April - Mikati forms new government.
25 April - Pro-Syrian security chief Jamil al-Sayyed resigns.
26 April - Last Syrian soldiers leave Lebanon.
4 May - Mikati, on first official visit to Damascus, says Lebanon and Syria want to put relations on right track.
7 May - Michel Aoun, Maronite Christian and staunch foe of Syria, returns to hero's welcome after 14 years of exile.
15 May - Saad al-Hariri, son of assassinated former prime minister, unveils his candidate list for elections.
Michel Aoun returned to Lebanon
in May after 14 years in exile
23 May - UN team verifies withdrawal of Syrian troops.
29 May - Parliamentary elections take place in Beirut in first of staggered regional polls on four successive Sundays.
The candidate list led by al-Hariri wins all 19 seats in Beirut.
2 June - Samir Kassir, a prominent ant-Syrian journalist of An-Nahar newspaper, is killed in a car bomb in the Ashrafiyeh neighbourhood of Beirut.