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Published: Sun, November 05, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Lebanese Prime Minister resigns over fear for life

Lebanese Prime Minister resigns over fear for life

In his speech, Saad Hariri said the atmosphere in the country is similar to the one that existed before his father, the late prime minister Rafik Hariri, was assassinated in 2005.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional arch foes. It comes amid a sharp escalation in Saudi rhetoric against its regional archrival, Iran.

"Over the past decades, Hezbollah has unfortunately managed to impose a fait accompli in Lebanon by the force of its weapons, which it alleges is a resistance weapon", Hariri said.

Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House July 25, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

The 47-year-old Sunni politician's resignation comes less than a year after his government, to which Hezbollah's political wing belongs, was formed.

But despite talks in March with Saudi Arabia's powerful Mohammed bin Salman, who was later named crown prince, Hariri's influence in Riyadh appears to have dwindled since the death of King Abdullah.

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

Hezbollah, backed by Iran, has sent fighters, advisors and weaponry to bolster President Bashar al-Assad's government. The group's intervention in Syria is highly controversial in Lebanon.

Mr Hairi said Hezbollah's policies have put Lebanon "in the eye of the storm". "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.

He accused Tehran of "sowing discord among the children of the same nation and creating a state within the state... to the extent that it gets the final say on how Lebanon's affairs are run".

Iran, said Netanyahu, "is trying to turn Syria into Lebanon II".

Hariri also had harsh words for Hezbollah. "These are major, major accusations".

Jerusalem, Nov 4 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today that the resignation of Lebanon's premier, and his stated reasons, should serve as an "alarm call" to the world about Iran's ambitions.

In tweets after meeting Hariri, al-Sabhan described it as "long and fruitful meeting" that resulted in agreements over many issues that concern the Lebanese. In a series of tweets, Sabhan criticized the Lebanese government for tolerating Hezbollah's criticism of the kingdom. "Hezbollah is a menace to the Lebanese state, the Lebanese people and the entire region", he said.

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