Hezbollah says Saudis 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

Lebanese prime minister suggests he fears for his life, resigns

Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Saturday announced his resignation, according to the official Lebanese news agency.

There is "no danger to the economy or pound", Khalil said.

"Over the past decades, Hezbollah has used its weapons against the Lebanese and Syrians to impose a fait accompli in Lebanon", he said, reiterating his rejection of using Lebanon as a platform "to threaten the security of the region".

Hariri had said there was a plot to kill him, and accused Hezbollah and its Iranian backers of sowing strife in the Arab world. In 2016 he was appointed prime minister for the second tenure by president Michel Aoun, an ally of Hezbollah. The nation was without a cohesive government and leadership for almost two years.

CGTN's Yasser Hakim confirms Saudi intelligence convinced Hariri that his life could be in peril if he traveled back to Lebanon. Hariri is Lebanon's most influential Sunni politician.

"We are living in a climate similar to the atmosphere that prevailed before the assassination of martyr Rafik al-Hariri", his father, who was killed in a auto bomb incident in 2005 that many believe Hezbollah was involved in". Hezbollah is considered a terrorist organization by a number of countries including the United States, Israel, and the United Kingdom.

Nasrallah questioned the timing of Hariri's announcement at a time when "things are proceeding normally.in the heart of government" in Lebanon.

But Nasrallah on Sunday called for "calm, patience and waiting until the reasons become clear" for Hariri stepping aside.

In this February 14, 2005, file photo, vehicles burn following a massive bomb attack that tore through the motorcade of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Lebanon.

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