Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri

Lebanon’s Hariri suspends resignation as PM

Beirut   –     Lebanon’s Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday suspended his decision to resign as prime minister at the request of President Michel Aoun to allow for dialogue to ease a major political crisis.

Hariri made his announcement after returning to Beirut on Tuesday for the first time since his Nov. 4 shock resignation in a statement broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

He said all Lebanese parties must commit to keeping Lebanon out of regional conflicts, a reference to the powerful Iran-backed group, Hezbollah, whose regional role is a source of deep concern in Saudi Arabia.

He expressed hope that his decision would open “a new gateway for a responsible dialogue”.

Related Story:  Zuma-linked Corruption Scandal:S. Africa Top Executive, Matshela Koko Resigns 

“I presented today my resignation to President Aoun and he urged me to wait before offering it and to hold onto it for more dialogue about its reasons and political background, and I showed responsiveness,” Hariri said in a televised statement.

His resignation put Lebanon in the forefront of the regional tussle between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi‘ite Islamist Iran, which backs Hezbollah.

Also, senior politicians close to Hariri said Riyadh forced him to quit and held him in the kingdom, an allegation Saudi Arabia and Hariri have denied.

The resignation took Hariri’s aides by surprise. His return to Lebanon followed an intervention by France.

Related Story:  Ellen Johnson Sirleaf: Liberia's President Expelled From Her Party

A long-time Saudi ally, Hariri cited fear of assassination in his resignation speech, and attacked Iran and its ally, Hezbollah, for sowing strife in the Arab world.

Sundiata Post Media Ltd.

Address: 3rd Floor Office Suite, Bayelsa State Guest House, Plot 1038, Shehu Shagari Way, Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)92900705, +234(0)8173460599
Whatsapp: +234(0)8053069436
BBM PIN: 5619150D
Email: info@sundiatapost.com
Website: www.sundiatapost.com

Enugu Regional Office: SW 1 New Haven Shopping Mall, Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria.
Tel: +234(0)7062582838

London Office: 18 Belgrave Avenue, Wd18 7UE, Watford, United Kingdom.
Tel: +447417554143
Dubai Office: PAU Management Suite, Level 23 - Boulevard Plaza Tower 2, Emaar Boulevard,
P. O. Box 124342, Dubai, UAE.
Tel: +971 4 4096849 | Fax: +971 4 409 6850
About Us

SundiataPost is published by Sundiata Post Media Limited, Sundiata Post is Nigeria’s most authoritative online newspaper and ranks among the top five online news platforms in Nigeria.

Guild of Corporate online publishers
A Glance at Our Advert Rate.

Inside Pages

Size In Pixels - Amount

120×180 - N27,967.50

300×100 - N24,695

Text Link - N11,275

More Details info

About Us | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of Use | Advert Rate