Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri resigns over fear of threats on his life

Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri resigns over fear of threats on his life

Lebanese PM Saad al-Hariri resigns over fear of threats on his life

Written by Lahiru Fernando

04 Nov, 2017 | 6:25 pm

Saad al-Hariri, the Prime Minister of Lebanon announced his resignation in a televised broadcast.

The now former Premier of Lebanon explained that his shock departure was due to the fear of a plot targeting his life.

Mr. al-Hariri explained that the current state of the country is somewhat the same to the times when his father Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated in 2005.

The bomb site where late PM of Lebanon Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated

The bomb site where late PM of Lebanon Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated

“We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of (his father the late prime minister) martyr Rafik al-Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” he said.

This surprise move will strike Lebanon hard, throwing the country into uncertainty while being in the middle of serious regional tensions.

Hariri has also criticized Iran and Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

He said Iran was “losing in its interference in the affairs of the Arab world”, promising that his country Lebanon would rise again to “cut off the hands that wickedly extend into it”.

The former PM of Lebanon also said “The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it,”. He also accused Tehran of spreading chaos, strife and destruction through the Arab region.

Speaking of Hezbollah, Hariri said it’s policies have placed Lebanon in “the eye of the storm”.

Hezbollah

Hezbollah

“Hezbollah was able in past decades to impose a status quo in Lebanon through its weapons directed at the chests of Syrians and Lebanese,” he added.

Michel Aoun - President of Lebanon

Michel Aoun – President of Lebanon

Saad al-Hariri became Prime Minister in 2016 following a “political deal”. However, this same deal brought in Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, to office as the country’s president.

Though Hezbollah has a dominant place in Lebanon politics, most Lebanese are not too happy with it’s ties to Iran and support for President Bashar al-Assad of Syria.

Hariri visited Saudi Arabia twice in the past week. This might have put more tension on Hariri as Saudi Arabia is a political foe of Iran and Hezbollah.

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