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Lebanese PM resigns suddenly, fearing for his life

Lebanese PM resigns suddenly, fearing for his life

Prime Minister Saad Hariri upended Lebanese politics with his surprise resignation Saturday, which he delivered from Saudi Arabia.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said. He is not believed to have returned to Lebanon.

The Hezbollah leader also questioned why Hariri gave his resignation speech from Saudi Arabia.

"The resigning Lebanese prime minister's repetition of the unrealistic and unfounded accusations of the Zionists, Saudis and Americans against Iran is an indication that this resignation is a new scenario for creating tension in Lebanon and the region", Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said in a statement published on the ministry website.

Assad and his Iranian-supported allies are now firmly in command of the war in Syria, in a humiliation to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.

Hariri was appointed prime minister in late 2016, leading a 30-member government that included Hezbollah. The nation was without a cohesive government and leadership for almost two years.

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.

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It says Bahraini citizens are banned from traveling to Lebanon, as well.

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh sought to calm fears the political turmoil would hit Lebanon's already fragile economy, issuing a statement to reaffirm the stability of its currency, which is pegged against the USA dollar.

Manama has declared Hezbollah a terrorist group and repeatedly accused it of involvement in violent attacks in the kingdom.

Saudi media have published reports of a plot to assassinate Hariri in recent days, but all of Lebanon's main security branches have said they have no information about such a plot.

The sudden resignation could throw Lebanon's government back into crisis.

"I announce my resignation as a prime minister", he said.


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