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Sunday, 5 November 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister resigns citing Iranian meddling

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, has announced his resignation, after accusing Iran and its Lebanese ally, Hezbollah, for threatening his life.
In a televised speech on Saturday, he said he suspected there were covert plans to target his life, but he did not elaborate.
Hariri, who made the statement during a visit to Saudi Arabia, said Iran planted "disorder and destruction" in the country and have interfered in the internal issues of Lebanon and other Arab countries.

Hariri said, "Iran's arm ... has managed to impose a fait accompli on Lebanon through the power of its weapons" in the last few decades. "They have built a state within a state," said Hariri from the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
"I say to Iran and its allies - you have lost in your efforts to meddle in the affairs of the Arab world," adding that the region "will rise again and the hands that you have wickedly extended into it will be cut off."
Hariri, a leading Sunni politician, has been in office for less than a year, but previously served as prime minister between 2009 and 2011.

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