Lebanese PM resigns suddenly, fearing for his life

Lebanese PM resigns suddenly, fearing for his life

Lebanese PM resigns suddenly, fearing for his life

Following Hariri's decision to step down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resignation should be a "wake-up call" to the global community to the threat posed by Iran's regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East.

In a move that caught many by surprise, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation while on a trip to Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

He cited the "grip" of Hezbollah ally Iran on the country, and also said he feared for his life.

Hariri had said there was a plot to kill him, and accused Hezbollah and its Iranian backers of sowing strife in the Arab world.

The Hezbollah leader also questioned why Hariri gave his resignation speech from Saudi Arabia.

Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016, leading a 30-member government that included Hezbollah.

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

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"Hariri hoped that he could convince Iran on the part of Saudi Arabian officials to stop its opposition to the inhumane policies of Riyadh towards Yemen including conducting airstrikes against the innocent women and children and imposing siege on the impoverished nation which is suffering from lack of food and medicines".

It says Bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well.

The country's political divisions led to the assassination of Hariri's father Rafik in 2005.

He added that Hariri resigned from Riyadh for security reasons.

The sudden resignation could throw Lebanon's government back into crisis.

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.

It remains unclear who will succeed Hariri as prime minister in Lebanon.

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