Lebanese Prime Minister resigned Saad Hariri (D), Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) and Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri (G) during a ceremony for Independence Day on November 22, 2017 in Beirut
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Wednesday that he was suspending his resignation, announced from Ryad in early November, pending consultations on issues that annoy, including the intervention of Hezbollah pro-Iran in regional conflicts.
This decision should ease the atmosphere in the country, which was taken aback by the announcement of the resignation by Mr. Hariri on November 4 in Ryad, where his prolonged stay had provoked multiple speculations.
The serious face, speaking in a brief televised address after an interview with President Michel Aoun, the head of government called for „dialogue“ between the political forces of the country, where two blocks clash.
„I discussed my resignation with the President of the Republic who enjoined me to wait before presenting it (…) to allow more consultations (…) I accepted this request“, has said Mr. Hariri.
The constitutional expert Edmond Rizk told AFP that „as long as the president has not accepted (the resignation, ed), it is not constitutionally valid“.
– For a partnership –
The resignation of Hariri, announced on November 4 from Riyadh on a Saudi-owned channel, provoked a wave of unanswered questions about his freedom of movement during his enigmatic stay in the kingdom.
In his speech on Wednesday, he called for Lebanon to be removed from the conflicts tearing the Middle East apart by respecting a „policy of distance“, a clear allusion to the interventions of the Hezbollah movement, a member of his government, in regional wars, particularly the Syria.
„Today, I aspire to a genuine partnership with all political forces in order to put the interests of Lebanon above all others,“ said the Prime Minister.
On Monday, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah, adopting a conciliatory tone, said he was „open to any dialogue“.
Mr. Hariri, a Saudi Arabian protégé, justified his resignation by denouncing the „stranglehold“ of Iran and Hezbollah over the affairs of Lebanon and their „interference“ in the conflicts of the region.
He also said he feared for his life.
Earlier in Beirut, the prime minister had appeared alongside Aoun and Parliament House Speaker Nabih Berri in a platform to attend the Independence Day military parade, 74 years after the end of the French term in office. Lebanon.
It was France who took the initiative in this political crisis when President Emmanuel Macron invited Mr Hariri, still in Riyadh, to go to Paris. Analysts have even spoken of an „exfiltration“.
Aoun went so far as to accuse Ryad of holding Hariri „hostage“, which he and Ryad later denied.
Mr. Hariri’s party, the Future Movement, called its supporters to a rally in front of the house of the head of the government, in the city center at 13:00 local time (11:00 GMT).
Dozens of people were gathered in the late morning near his home with the blue flag of the party. „You or nobody,“ we read on a banner.
– Call for unity –
The resignation was quickly interpreted as a new standoff between regional sponsors of the two rival camps in Lebanon: Sunni Saudi Arabia, which supports Hariri, and Shiite Iran, which supports Hezbollah.
Hezbollah, the heavyweight of Lebanese politics, is the only movement that did not lay down its arms after the civil war (1975-1990) and its arsenal divides the Lebanese.
The gesture of Mr. Hariri had also given rise to intense diplomatic consultations, notably involving France, which wishes to become a mediating power on several hot issues in the region.
Mr. Aoun had refused until now to accept the resignation of Mr. Hariri, the tradition that it be hand-delivered and on Lebanese soil. The resignation of a prime minister from foreign soil is unprecedented in the history of Lebanon.
In his speech on the eve of Independence Day, Aoun called on the Lebanese to „unite“ and move away from dissension.
Many countries were worried about the fallout of the Ryad-Tehran standoff over Lebanon, a country with fragile balances and undermined by political crises.