Report: Hariri to return in 2025 to prepare for elections


Ex-PM and al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri will return to Lebanon in the spring of 2025 to prepare for the 2026 parliamentary elections, Mustaqbal sources said.

“He will engage in the battle, carrying a host of projects that need a significant parliamentary bloc,” ad-Diyar newspaper quoted the sources as saying.

He is seeking to “reinvigorate the Sunni community and return it to the decision-making sphere,” the sources added.

Hariri had visited Lebanon earlier this month to mark the 19th anniversary of the assassination of his father ex-PM Rafik Hariri and hold meetings with a number of political leaders and members of his al-Mustaqbal Movement.

Hariri served as the prime minister of Lebanon from 2009 to 2011 and 2016 to 2020.

Hariri's surprise announcement of an intent to resign, broadcast on November 4, 2017 on Saudi state TV, has widely been seen as part of the Iran-Saudi Arabia proxy conflict in Lebanon, and triggered a dispute between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.

The resignation was later suspended, following then-President Michel Aoun's request to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations."

On 29 October 2019, amid the 2019–20 Lebanese protests, he announced his resignation, and that of his cabinet. He was designated as prime minister on October 22, 2020 but failed to form a government, resigning on July 15, 2021.

On January 24, 2022 he announced that he was suspending his involvement in political activities and did not run in the parliamentary elections on May 15, 2022.

Comments 6
Thumb galaxy 19 February 2024, 13:41

lol he and his party of the past are irrelevant.

Thumb 19 February 2024, 19:49

Impossible, the ‘Sunni Street’ doesn’t forget, doesn’t forgive.

So many people died unable to afford treatments for their illnesses because he stole the people’s savings with the rest of the political clique . He stole the dignity of many. He can stay with Candace or Candice, whatever her name is.

Thumb Candice 19 February 2024, 21:49

It's Candice, sweetie, Candice.
He is addicted to me and to what I have. He will never come back to Lebanon. He is having so much fun and come with me.

Thumb 20 February 2024, 01:02

Please keep him by your side for many more years! I remember when he got picked for the PM position, most citizens, initially hopeful for positive change, found themselves grappling with the unintended consequences of Saad's leadership. His existence is a testament to the chaotic nature of unpredictability, where every step he takes is accompanied by a trail of misfortune. Hariri's governance serves as a cautionary tale, illustrating the profound effects that a series of unfortunate decisions can have on the collective destiny of a nation… RIP Lebanon

Thumb 20 February 2024, 03:06

Dear Candice,

In the event that you find yourself facing financial constraints, it's heartening to know that many Lebanese individuals would readily offer assistance by compensating you in Lebanese Lira. This gesture is extended with the sincere hope that you can maintain the distance between Saad and the country.

If you harbour any concerns about Saad's waning interest in your relationship, it might be worth considering introducing her to your good friend, Charlene Wittsock. Rumors suggest that Charlene's marital situation is more complex than it appears (an Emmanuel-Gabriel thingy), and connecting her with Saad could potentially be a mutually beneficial arrangement.

Wishing you the best in navigating these intricate matters.



Thumb 20 February 2024, 01:08

@ohhhmg , the last country's elections witnessed a notable phenomenon wherein a majority of individuals chose to abstain from casting their votes. This widespread abstention speaks volumes about the electorate's disillusionment or dissatisfaction with the available political options !