Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanese PM to quit

by Dwayne Torres November 6, 2017, 0:13
Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanese PM to quit

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri gives a speech during the opening ceremony of the second "Kuwait Financial Forum" in Kuwait City on 31 October 2010.

"Hariri, who had just came back from his trip to Saudi Arabia, held talks with the Iranian envoy in Beirut and immediately left the Lebanese capital for Riyadh to announce his resignation through Saudi media", the source said.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun will not accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon to explain his reasons, palace sources said on Sunday, delaying for now the politically hard consultations over his successor.

"The evil that Iran spreads in the region will backfire on it", he said Saturday.

"Do not listen to alarmist speeches", Nasrallah said.

Saad Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016, heading a 30-member national unity cabinet that included Hezbollah after a years-long spell without a government in the country.

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CGTN's Yasser Hakim confirms Saudi intelligence convinced Hariri that his life could be in peril if he traveled back to Lebanon.

"Saudi Arabia is different than the terrorist state Iran".

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.

Hariri said the atmosphere in Lebanon is quite similar to the period leading up to the assassination of his father, Rafiq Hariri, in 2005.

A United Nations -backed tribunal has indicted five Hezbollah members for the killing but the group denies any involvement.

In this February 14, 2005, file photo, vehicles burn following a massive bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon.

Nasrallah questioned the timing of Hariri's announcement at a time when "things are proceeding normally.in the heart of government" in Lebanon.


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