Lebanon’s Ex-PM Saad Hariri Announces Suspension Of Political Life

Lebanon’s former Prime Minister and the current presidential election candidate, Saad Hariri on Monday in a bombshell move announced suspension of his political life, vowing not to run in the forthcoming parliamentary election as well.

Hariri also called on his party “Future Movement” not to run any candidates in the election, indicating several factors were behind his decision.

“There is no room for any positive opportunities in Lebanon in light of the Iranian influence,” Reuters quoted Hariri as saying in reference to heavily armed Shia group Hezbollah which is backed by the government of Iran.

Hariri also pointed out international confusion, national division, sectarianism, and Lebanon’s collapse as the main reasons behind his decision to quit political career.

Hariri furthered that after the assassination of Rafic Hariri, he continue his political project, but not for the Hariri family to remain in politics.

“The project was designed to prevent the country from civil war,” Hariri said, adding, they did level best for the betterment of the Lebanese.

Hariri bid a farewell to the political arena at a time when Lebanon is going through its worst financial crisis where the residents are scrambling with fuel and power shortages and currency collapse.

Lebanon will hold its parliamentary elections on May 15, where the people will get a chance to elect their leader for the first time since a countrywide uprising in late 2019.

This would be also another milestone after the Beirut Port blast in August 2020 in which over 200 people were killed and left enormous property damages.

Meanwhile, Hariri stressed that he would not hesitate to help his country not to slip into civil war and also will work to provide a better life for all the Lebanese without being involved in politics.

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