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Netanyahu: Resignation of Lebanese President Highlights Iranian Danger

Netanyahu: Resignation of Lebanese President Highlights Iranian Danger

Lebanon's president will not accept the resignation of prime minister Saad al-Hariri until he returns to Lebanon, palace sources said on Sunday, delaying for now politically hard consultations on his successor. Saad al-Hariri's resignation threatens to reignite sectarian divisions in the country.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah, urged Lebanese citizens against any political escalation in response to Hariri's surprise declaration on Saturday, which he made from Saudi Arabia.

On Saturday, Hariri surprisingly resigned from his post as prime minister in a televised address from Saudi Arabia.

Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016 and headed a 30-member coalition government that included members of the Shiite militant Hezbollah.

Lebanon is politically divided, with one camp supporting Hariri, a Sunni Muslim closely allied with regional Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, and the other favoring Hezbollah, which has controversially deployed many of its fighters into neighboring Syria to support President Bashar Assad.

The 47-year-old Sunni politician's resignation comes less than a year after his government, to which Hezbollah's political wing belongs, was formed.

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"Do not listen to alarmist speeches", Nasrallah said.

When he took office, Hariri promised "a new era for Lebanon", which had been in a political deadlock for two years. In a statement, the presidential office said Aoun was informed by Hariri in a phone call of his resignation, adding that the president now awaits Hariri's return to clarify the circumstances of his resignation and proceed accordingly.

Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq al-Awsat cited unnamed sources close to Hariri as speculating that he would probably remain outside Lebanon because of the security threat against him.

Having Lebanon plunged in chaos and instability can only exacerbate an already messy regional scene. Their political bloc controls the largest shares of seats in Lebanon's parliament. "We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri", his father, who was killed in a auto bomb incident in 2005 that many believe Hezbollah was involved in".

Several Hezbollah members are being tried in absentia for the killing by a United Nations -backed tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands.


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