Hezbollah says Saudis 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

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06 November, 2017

Saudi Arabia's Gulf Affairs Minister Thamer al-Sabhan said the personal security detail of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, who resigned on Saturday, had "confirmed information" of a plot to kill him.

"The sudden resignation of Mr. Hariri and his statement in another country is not only surprising and regrettable but is also an indication of his playing a game designed by those who want ill for the region, and the victor of this game is not Arabic or Muslim countries but the Zionists", Qassemi said.

Hariri attributed his surprise resignation to what he described as Iranian attempts to impose its hegemony on Lebanon.

Hariri's resignation toppled a coalition government that included Hezbollah, thrusting Lebanon back into the frontline of the Saudi-Iranian regional rivalry and risking an open-ended political crisis and sectarian tensions in Lebanon. "Iran very much wants to bring chaos and destruction to the Arab world, but the evil it is sowing will return to it and attack it like a boomerang", he said. The nation was without a cohesive government and leadership for almost two years.

Lebanon has been deeply divided for years between factions controlled by the Shiite Tehran-backed Hezbollah and a Saudi-supported movement led by Hariri.

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Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat cited unnamed sources close to Hariri as speculating that he would probably remain outside Lebanon because of the security threat against him.

"We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri", his father, who was killed in a vehicle bomb incident in 2005 that many believe Hezbollah was involved in".

But Nasrallah on Sunday called for "calm, patience and waiting until the reasons become clear" for Hariri stepping aside.

In Lebanon's sectarian system the president must be a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shi'ite.

"I announce my resignation as a prime minister", he said.


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