World Hezbollah says Saudi Arabia forced Lebanon PM to resign

02:25  06 november  2017
02:25  06 november  2017 Source:   Reuters

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Lebanese president won't accept PM 's resignation until he returns: sources. 1509894754. BEIRUT - The leader of Lebanese Shi'ite militia Hezbollah , Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had forced Lebanon 's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign , and called for calm and

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Iranoian backed Hezbollah militant group claimed on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had forced Lebanon ’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign , and called for calm and patience in Lebanon .

Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.© Win McNamee/Getty Images Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

The leader of Lebanese Shi'ite group Hezbollah, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had forced Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign, and called for calm and patience in Lebanon.

Hariri, a political ally of Saudi Arabia resigned on Saturday in an unexpected declaration from the kingdom, citing a plot to assassinate him and slamming Hezbollah and its Iranian backers for sowing strife in the Arab world.

The resignation of the prime minister, a Sunni Muslim, toppled a coalition government that included Hezbollah.

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BEIRUT (Reuters) - The leader of Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah , Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, said on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had forced Lebanon ’s Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to resign , and called for calm and patience in Lebanon .

Lebanon 's Shia Hezbollah group on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of forcing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri to quit, and called for calm in Aides to Hariri, whose family made their fortune in the Saudi construction industry, strongly denied he had been detained or had been forced to resign .

"The resignation was a Saudi decision dictated to prime minister Saad al-Hariri and forced on him," Nasrallah said in a televised broadcast, adding that there was no domestic reason for Hariri's decision.

Nasrallah urged Lebanese not to hold protests in response to the resignation, saying "this will not lead to any result".

"We urge against political escalation," he said.

Nasrallah also said "legitimate questions" were being raised in Lebanon over whether Hariri was being detained in Saudi Arabia. Hariri allies in Lebanon have denied suggestions that he had been detained.

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.


In Israel's north, seeking a measure of calm as Mideast tensions spike .
In the press are dire warnings that Saudi Arabia is angling to get Israel to attack Hezbollah as a proxy in the kingdom's conflict with its regional rival, Iran. But along Israel's quiet northern border, hopeful residents say little on theBut look more closely, and part of the hill below has been leveled out by Israeli army bulldozers to help prevent possible raids by Hezbollah fighters. Nearby are a pair of radar towers, a small Israeli army outpost with a watch tower, and across the border fence a Lebanese Army lookout staring right back.

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