Saturday, November 4, 2017

Lebanon's prime minister resigns, fearing assassination

Lebanon's prime minister resigns, fearing assassination
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned Saturday, saying he feared he would be assassinated like his father.

Hariri, who was named prime minister in November 2016 and also held the position between 2009 and 2011, said in a broadcast from the Saudi capital Riyadh that "we are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere witnessed before the assassination of Prime Minister Rafik Hariri" in 2005.

"I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life," he said.

Hariri, 47, said Iran was sowing "fear and destruction wherever present, which is reflected by its interferences in Arab countries' affairs, driven by its deep hatred towards the Arab nation."

In addition, he criticized the Iran-backed Hezbollah, which can create a "fait accompli" through weapons in Lebanon.

"I announce my resignation from the Lebanese government as a prime minister, with the certainty that the will of the Lebanese will be stronger, and they would overcome guardianship both internally and externally," Hariri said in his resignation letter, as reported by Lebanon's state-run National News Agency. "I have promised you to seek the unity of the Lebanese, to end the political divisions and to consolidate the principle of disassociation, for the sake of which I have faced harm."

During the past few days, he frequently has visited Saudi Arabia, whose government opposes Iran.


  1. Senior Advisor to the Iranian foreign minister Hossein Sheikholeslam underlined that US President Donald Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman have coaxed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri into declaring his resignation in a foreign country...

    "Al-Hariri's resignation was done in coordination with Trump and Mohammed bin Salman to foment tension in Lebanon and the region," Sheikholeslam said on Saturday.

    Noting that the resignation was planned by the Americans to make up for their losses after the ISIL was defeated in the region, he said it was better for al-Hariri to respect the Lebanese nation and submit his resignation inside the country and not from a foreign state, Saudi Arabia.

    Al-Hariri resigned during a trip to Saudi Arabia in a surprise move that plunged the country into uncertainty amid heightened regional tensions.

    1. La décision du Premier ministre libanais Saad Hariri de démissionner est liée aux projets des États-Unis et de l'Arabie saoudite de déstabiliser la situation au Liban et au Proche-Orient, estime le conseiller du chef de la diplomatie iranienne Hossein Sheikholeslam.

      «La démission de Hariri s'est déroulée dans le cadre du plan du Président Donald Trump et du prince héritier d'Arabie saoudites Mohammed ben Salmane», a déclaré le diplomate dans une interview accordée à la chaîne télévisée Al-Mayadeen.

  2. A statement issued by Lebanon Internal Security Forces denies the reports about frustrating an attempt to assassinate resigned PM Saad Hariri


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