Lebanon votes to replace assassinated lawmakers

Lebanon's security forces were on high alert in anticipation of violence ahead of a vote Sunday to replace two assassinated lawmakers that has deeply divided the nation's Christian community. Sunday's elections will produce successors for cabinet minister Pierre Gemayel, a Christian shot dead in November, and lawmaker Walid Eido, who died in a Beirut car bomb in June, both allies of the current government. The elections could escalate the country's deepening political crisis since Prime Minister Fuad Saniora's Western-backed government called them without the required approval of President Emile Lahoud, who has blocked attempts to replace the lawmakers.