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Why Lebanon's Prime Minister Resigned

| Nov. 08, 2017

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Last Saturday, in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, Lebanon's prime minister unexpectedly resigned. Saad Hariri blamed Iran and Hezbollah for his decision and alluded to information about an assassination plot against him. His resignation ended a political compromise leading to the election of Michel Aoun as president after over two years of deadlock — and maintained Hezbollah's place in government.

Hariri's recent move is a political setback for a weak state that fails to provide basic services to its citizens. It clearly signals the need for a recalibration of power between different groups....

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For Academic Citation: Karam, Jeffrey G.“Why Lebanon's Prime Minister Resigned.” The Washington Post, November 8, 2017.