Political sources in Lebanon say a majority of parliament has chosen recently-resigned pro-Syrian Prime Minister Omar Karami to form a new government.

Pro-Syrian President Emile Lahoud is expected to nominate Mr. Karami as early as Thursday to the prime minister post he vacated last week.

Mr. Karami's government resigned February 28th, under intense pressure from opposition lawmakers who have blamed the Beirut government and its Syrian allies for the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Both Damascus and Beirut deny involvement.

Opposition lawmakers who met with President Lahoud today (Wednesday) did not nominate anyone to lead the government, and instead submitted a list of demands.

Meanwhile, Syrian troops are continuing to re-deploy from coastal and central Lebanon to areas near the Syrian border.

Syria began the pullback Tuesday under intense diplomatic pressure from the United States, the European Union and several Arab governments.