Lebanese Prime Minister resigns over fear for life

Jerome Frank
November 5, 2017

The government have managed to avoid the country being embroiled in the worst of the conflict taking place in neighbouring Syria.

In a statement, ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi also dismissed al-Hariri's anti-Iran remarks as "unfounded and baseless", saying Hariri's allegations are similar to those regularly claimed by the Zionists, Saudis and the United States.

Hariri's coalition, which took office previous year, grouped almost all of Lebanon's main parties, including Hezbollah.

"The resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri and his remarks are a wake-up call to the global community to take action against Iranian aggression", Netanyahu said in a Hebrew-language statement released by his office.

The prime minister's resignation will raise tensions in the country and has thrown its political future into uncertainty.

It comes amid a sharp escalation in Saudi rhetoric against its regional archrival Iran.

"The sudden resignation of Mr. Hariri and his statement in another country (Saudi Arabia) 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". In comments to al-Alam TV, he said both the USA and Saudi Arabia are seeking an escalation.

The prime minister of Lebanon said that he fears there's a "plot to target his life", according to local media.

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Several Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia for the killing by a UN-backed tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.

"By going after Hezbollah, by denying Hezbollah a credible Sunni partner in governance, it thus weakens Hezbollah on the home front", Slim said.

Hezbollah has sent thousands of its fighters to Syria to shore up President Bashar Assad's government. Syria has dominated Lebanon's political scene for much of its post-independence history.

Mr Hairi said Hezbollah's policies have put Lebanon "in the eye of the storm". His attacks on Hezbollah come on the heels of new US sanctions on the group that many fear will impact negatively on the Lebanese economy.

"In practice Lebanon has been occupied by Hezbollah and the Iranians", he told the private Reshet TV channel today. "I'm confident that the will of the Lebanese is stronger and they will be able to defeat hegemony from inside and outside", he said. "It indicates the Saudi decision to confront Iran and the Iranian influence in Lebanon by going after Hezbollah".

In Beirut's Tarik al-Jadideh neighborhood, a predominantly Sunni neighborhood supportive of Hariri, residents described the shock resignation as a good step.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Hariri's resignation and comments "are a wake-up call to the global community to take action against the Iranian aggression that is trying to turn Syria into Lebanon 2".

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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