The formation of Lebanon's unity government took more than four months
A new joke has been making the rounds in political circles of Beirut: "The birth of Lebanon's new government was so long and painful that in the end, a Caesarean had to be performed."
But it is the punchline that makes some politicians here cringe: "The obstetrician was Syria," it says.
By Natalia Antelava
BBC News, Beirut