Saad Hariri quits in speech televised from Saudi Arabia, saying he fears a plot against him and criticising Iran and Hezbollah

Saad Hariri has unexpectedly resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister, citing Iranian influence across the region, and claiming he feared the same fate as his assassinated father if he remained as leader.

In a speech delivered from the Saudi capital of Riyadh on Saturday, Hariri blindsided both his government and staff in Beirut, bringing a dramatic end to an 11-month government that had largely failed to impose authority on a parliament split along regional lines, or on an economy weighed down by debt and corruption.

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