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LEBANON: PM’s resignation brings down coalition govt, triggers fresh crisis

LEBANON: PM's resignation brings down coalition govt, triggers fresh crisis

The resignation of Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri who cited Iranian influence across the region as one of his reasons for throwing in the towel has unavoidably brought down the coalition government and plunged his country into fresh political crisis.

In a speech televised from Saudi Arabia, Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of sowing strife in the Arab world saying he believed there was an assassination plot against him.

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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”

“We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri. I have sensed what is being plotted covertly to target my life,” Hariri said.

Hariri who returned to Lebanon last year to form a government after falling out with his hosts in Riyadh, also claimed that he feared he may suffer the same fate as his assassinated father if he remained leader of Lebanon.

 

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