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His last few months, however, have been more controversial, mainly due to his criticisms of Hezbollah's involvement in the Syrian war.During his tenure, the repercussions of the war in Syria on Lebanon have become clear, with the country witnessing a wave of car bombs and suicide attacks – mostly in areas where Hezbollah enjoys wide support – toward the end of the president's term. December 2008: Syria opens its first embassy in Lebanon.March 1, 2009: The Special Tribunal for Lebanon officially opens, beginning its investigating of the 2005 bombing that killed former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri as well as 21 others.March 16, 2009: Lebanon opens its first embassy in Syria. May 25, 2013: Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah announces that his party is deeply involved in the war in Syria and that its fight against Syrian rebels is aimed at protecting the resistance group.April 3, 2014: The number of Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon surpasses 1 million, according to UNHCR.March 2014: Sleiman and Hezbollah fight over the tripartite formula of "the people, the Army, and the resistance," after the president calls Hezbollah's "golden" stance "wooden".
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