Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri Resigns Fearing for his Life

Lebanese PM resigns over fear for his life Photo: Screenshot from Riyadh based Al Arabiya
Lebanese PM resigns over fear for his life Photo: Screenshot from Riyadh based Al Arabiya

The Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has resigned in fear for his life in a televised broadcast. He accused Iran of destruction and fear in some countries of Middle East including Lebanon.

Mr. Hariri’s father former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated in 2005.

His family has long been familiar with its anti-Iran and pro-Saudi Kingdom stance. Now, Mr. Hariri’s resignation and fierce criticism of Iran is likely to set Saudi-Iran competition on fire.

Mr. Hariri has been the Lebanese Prime Minister since the edge of the last year. He previously served as the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 2009 to 2011.

Mr. Hariri said, “We live in an atmosphere similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik Hariri, and I have sensed that someone has been targeting me.”

“I refer, frankly and unequivocally, to Iran, which plants sedition, devastation and ruin, which is attested to by its interference in the internal affairs of the Arab nation, in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Bahrain and Yemen – driven by a deep hatred of the Arab nation and an overwhelming desire to destroy and control it.”

Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi minister for Gulf affairs, tweeted after Hariri resigned accusing Iran of a plausible assassination attempt: “The hands of treachery and aggression will be cut off.”

Hariri said Iran “has a desire to destroy the Arab world and has boasted of its control of the decisions in all the Arab capitals. Hezbollah imposed a reality in Lebanon through force of arms, and their intervention causes us big problems with all our Arab allies”.

Thamer al-Sabhan, the Saudi minister for Gulf affairs, tweeted after Hariri resigned accusing Iran of a plausible assassination attempt: “The hands of treachery and aggression will be cut off.”

Meanwhile, Iran has rejected Hariri’s allegations. The country has demanded that the Hariri’s comments will de-escalate the already complicated Middle Eastern political stability.

The Saudi and Iran bloc’s enmity has already created unrest in some Arab countries and resulted in bloodshed and loss of lives. The next moves by the Arab countries and Iran might guide the ensuing Middle Eastern political future and stability.  The Middle East experts, however, opine that this latest move by Hariri will complicate will already boiled political landscape of Middle East.


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