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Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns

June 21 2018, 12:44 | Perry Erickson

Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns

Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of dictating Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation, which threatens to throw the Middle East nation into chaos.

Following Hariri's decision to step down, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the resignation should be a "wake-up call" to the worldwide community to the threat posed by Iran's regional ambitions, which he said endanger not only Israel but the entire Middle East. "It was not his intention, not his wish and not his decision", Nasrallah said in a televised speech.

Al-Hariri placed the blame squarely on Iran and Hezbollah.

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

Along with Iran and Syria, the Lebanese terror group was responsible for the 2005 assassination of Hariri's father, former prime minister Rafik Hariri, which the younger Hariri cited in his resignation speech.

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

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The resignation sparked fears that Lebanon - split into rivals camps led by Hariri and Hezbollah - could once again descend into violence.

He added that Hariri resigned from Riyadh for security reasons.

Nasrallah said he would not comment on accusations levelled against Hezbollah by Hariri, describing his resignation announcement as a Saudi statement. Will they let him return?

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has tightened his grip on power through an anti-corruption purge by arresting royals, ministers and investors including billionaire Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the kingdom's most prominent businessmen.

Saudi Arabia and Iran are regional arch foes. According to the Lebanese constitution, the Prime Minister of Lebanon must be a Sunni Muslim, the President a Christian, and the chairman of the parliament a Shiite Muslim.

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