Newsbrief: Resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister raises conflict in the Middle East

by Brendan Neal
edited by Trent Dunn

Saad Hariri, the Lebanese prime minister, resigned on Saturday November 4th according to The Washington Post. 

Hariri announced his resignation while in Saudi Arabia, saying it was due to the influence of Iran over the Lebanese government. Lebanon is now in the middle of the power struggle between Riyadh and Tehran.

Hariri said,I want to tell Iran and its followers that they are losing in their interferences in the affairs of Arab nations. Our nation will rise just as it did before, and the hands that will harm it will be cut.”

Hariri’s announcement came as a surprise to the people of Lebanon. Israel took his resignation as “a wake up call to the international community to take action against Iranian aggression,” according to The Washington Post.

There is no clear successor to Hariri at this time, but according to the Lebanese constitution, the prime minister has to be a Sunni Muslim.

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