Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has announced his intention to resign amid mass protests threatening the country’s ruling elite. Amid rumors that the Future Movement leader would step down, Hariri offered a televised address Tuesday in which he admitted to having “reached a dead end” after nearly two weeks of talks with rival parties. He said he would be heading to Baabda Palace to submit his resignation to Lebanese President Michael Aoun. As Hariri spoke, protesters gathered across Beirut and in multiple cities across the Mediterranean Middle Eastern nation could be heard cheering. In a sign of their determination for all leaders to step down, however, demonstrators could be heard chanting, “all of them means all of them.” With the Sunni Muslim third of the country’s top level of political representation departing, the pressure is now on Aoun, who largely represents Christians with his Free Patriotic Movement, and longtime Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, head of the Shiite Muslim Amal Movement. Hariri previously offered his resignation in November 2017, citing knowledge of an alleged assassination plot that was disputed by the country’s security forces. His father, late Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri was assassinated in 2005 in an officially unsolved bombing that… Read full this story
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