Middle East

Lebanon PM Saad Hariri announces surprise resignation over assassination fears

Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri has announced his resignation, saying that he sensed a "plot to target his life."

In a statement on Lebanese TV, the Prime Minister said that the climate in Lebanon resembles that before the assassination of his father.

Former prime minister Rafiq Hariri was killed by a massive blast in 2005 that left a total of 23 dead, including MP Bassel Fleyhane, and wounded 220 others.

The Syrian government, accused of being behind the blast, was forced to withdraw its troops from Lebanon, ending a 30-year presence.

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