Newsbrief: Resigned Lebanon Prime Minister vows to return

by Shannon Haynes
edited by Haley Gardner

Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who recently resigned, said that he is “free” to do whatever he pleases and will come back to the nation soon in a live television interview Sunday, according to the Washington Post. 

Hariri resigned during the television broadcast, explaining that his decision was based on the increasing tensions with Iran and Hezbollah. He went on to say that he had hopes that his unexpected resignation would cause a “positive shock” between Saudi Arabia and Iran, which supports the Hezbollah movement. The Hezbollah, which translates into “Party of God,” is a Shi’a Islamist political party as well as a militant group based in Lebanon, and plays a prominent role in Lebanese politics. 

There have also been rumors surrounding Hariri’s resignation that speculate that the former prime minister was coerced into leaving his office because of tensions between the Hezbollah and Saudi Arabia. Some politicians claimed that Saudi Arabia forced Hariri out of office. However, Hariri strongly denied these claims.

(Photo: Washington Post)

“I am free within the kingdom; if I want to travel, I can travel tomorrow,” he said.

Before resigning, Hariri was called to the city of Riyadh. There, he made his resignation. He stated that he will be returning to Beirut soon. 

During the interview, he pointed the finger at Iran and Hezbollah for causing tensions and conflict within Lebanon, as well as defended Riyadh’s statements against them. 

“We are in the eye of the storm,” Hariri said.  

Hariri’s resignation came amid increased tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. His surprise departure has roused numerous questions as to the reasons behind his leaving.

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