Officials React to Hariri's 'Surprise' Resignation

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Lebanese political figures reacted on Saturday to a surprise resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri which he announced from Saudi Arabia citing Iranian “influence” in Lebanon and expressing fears of being assassinated.

According to a statement by the presidential press office, President Michel Aoun is waiting for Hariri's return to Beirut to inform him of the circumstances of the resignation.

Hariri had contacted Aoun and informed him of his decision.

Speaker Nabih Berri has cut short his visit to Egypt to return to Beirut following the Premier's resignation.

Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblat took to Twitter and said: “Whatever the difficulties are, sacrifice for the sake of consensus, dialogue and stability is fundamental and our existence is predestined.”

“Lebanon is too small and weak to endure the economic and political repercussions of the resignation,” lamented Jumblat.

Lebanese Forces MP Antoine Zahra said: “We have heard from Saudi authorities about intentions of some to create trouble in Lebanon.”

He expressed hopes the resignation would pave way for solving other political obstacles.

Justice Minister Salim Jreisati described the move as “confusing and suspicious in terms of time, place and content.”

For his part Mustaqbal bloc MP Moustafa Allouch explained that “Hariri's resignation came after he failed in knocking some sense into Hizbullah.”

“Hariri's resignation is very surprising and I fear that Lebanon has entered the regional conflict,” said MP Ghassan Mokhaiber.

Hariri announced his resignation Saturday, citing Iran's "grip" on the country and threats to his life.

"I announce my resignation from the post of prime minister," he said in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia by the Al-Arabiya news network.

"I felt what was being covertly plotted to target my life," Hariri said.

Comments 16
Thumb Mystic 04 November 2017, 15:52

It is rather Saudi Arabia threatening Hariri, that he is either with them against Iran, or he will be forsaken by the kingdom forever.

Thumb Mystic 04 November 2017, 15:53

They will, it will just go on without him until we find a new Prime Minister.

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 04 November 2017, 16:14

and speaking of puppets listen to this cute cuddly one..

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:13

Why do you pretend to care for Christians Movaten?

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:20

Yet you ignore Iran completely, fake "Cristhian" they are just as awful. You don't care at all about Christians, you manipulate and even hijack our names.

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:24

Take it to KSA fake Movaten account #89. Big internet warrior you are lol.

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:27

Nice try redirecting fake Movaten account #90, you're both the problem.

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:35

Fake Movaten account #91^

Thumb zulfiquar 04 November 2017, 17:36

Shias are the absolute majority and we have the guns, how do you plan to get 80% of parliament and 90% of the Cabinet?

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 04 November 2017, 20:17

partition of Lebanon? good luck!

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 17:37

Funny how you admit you're Iranian fake account #91. Point is you aren't Lebanese.

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 19:31

Nice come back fake account #92, you must feel special.

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 19:32

You didn't answer my question, why do you pretend to care for Christians?

Thumb Hayek.Feghali.Abdelatif 04 November 2017, 20:07

let's face it: ryals were paid...

Thumb Elemental 04 November 2017, 22:08

Yet, besides ignoring the question, you neglect to bring out Iran, which is also part of the problem. You can't get at one without acknowledging the other, YET you blissfully avoid Iran who are equal contributors to the chaos that has befallen Christians. You attempted to redirect, which tells me you're not the "Cristhian" you claim to be, but another fake account who runs around.

Thumb liberty 05 November 2017, 05:35

So now the iranians hezbos are ruling out the possibility that Israel may want to assassinate Hariri like they did his father? loooool