Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced his resignation in a speech broadcast from Saudi Arabia.
Hariri announced his resignation in a televised statement on Saturday, citing many reasons, including the security situation in Lebanon, for his sudden decision. He also said that he sensed a plot being hatched against his life.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun’s office said that Hariri had phoned him “from outside Lebanon” to resign and that Aoun awaited Hariri’s return to hear the “circumstances of the resignation.”
Hariri announced his resignation following his visits to Saudi Arabia. The resignation also comes less than a month after he announced plans to join a coalition government with Lebanese Resistance Movement Hezbollah. He became prime minister in 2016 after serving another term between November 2009 and June 2011.
Saad Hariri is the son of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005. Hariri has also been the leader of the Future Movement party since 2005.