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Western-backed Faction Loses 1/3rd of Seats in Lebanon’s Elections

Beirut (GPA) – Lebanese citizens voted in the first general election in nine years on Sunday. Here’s what happened in Lebanon’s election and what it means. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk will announce the official results Monday evening but preliminary numbers seem fairly accurate at this point. Early estimates suggested voter turnout was remarkably low: less than 50%. […]

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Saudi Foreign Policy Fails Again: Hariri Returns to Lebanon, “Suspends” Resignation

Beirut (GPA) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has “suspended” his resignation, marking yet another failure of Saudi foreign policy. Upon his return to Lebanon yesterday, former ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri met with President Michel Aoun to discuss his current status. Following the meeting, in which, Hariri says Aoun asked him to “put [his resignation] on hold ahead of […]

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Lebanese PM Confirms He Will Return to Beirut as Crisis Simmers

Paris (MEE) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri confirmed he will return to Beirut in time for Independence Day celebrations Wednesday, as political turmoil rocks his country following his resignation announcement in Saudi Arabia. “I will return to Beirut in the coming days,” Hariri said after crisis talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris. “I will participate in the celebrations for […]

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Saudi Arabia: Hezbollah to Disarm as Hariri Talks of Return to Lebanon

Beirut (MEE) – Adel al-Jubeir condemned Hezbollah as a ‘first class terrorist organization’ destabilizing Lebanese politics. Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister has called for Lebanon’s Hezbollah to be disarmed and denied that the country’s prime minister was being held against his will in the kingdom. Saad Hariri, who announced his shock resignation from Saudi Arabia on 4 November, is […]

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Lebanese President: Saudis “Detaining” Hariri is “Act of Aggression”

Beirut (GPA) – The Lebanese government is officially accusing the Saudis of illegally detaining Saad Hariri. Over the last several weeks, many questions have arisen concerning the current status of former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri. The mystery surrounding Hariri all started about two weeks ago when the PM took a surprise trip to Riyadh. […]

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Where is Saad Hariri? Nobody Knows

Beirut (GPA) – Saad Hariri’s own party is asking for his return to Lebanon, and even they’re beginning to suspect the Saudis won’t allow it. On Thursday, representatives from Future Movement, the party of now ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri began to question the Saudi story about Hariri’s current status in Riyadh following his failure to […]

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Lebanon’s “Unity Government” Has Been Broken – Not by Iran but by Saudi Arabia

Beirut (AHT) – Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hariri Resigns in Less Than a Year. In December 2016, Lebanon’s parliament overwhelmingly approves a national unity cabinet headed by the Sunni Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Hariri was asked to form the new government, after winning the support of a majority of MPs, including the influential Shia parliamentary Speaker Nabih Berri, who […]

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How the Hariri Resignation Fits the Saudi and Israeli Agenda

Beirut (GPA) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s resignation over the weekend was announced from Saudi Arabia. Following a meeting with Saudi officials this weekend, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri tendered his resignation citing concerns for his life. According to Hariri, he was afraid to remain in Lebanon any longer, saying he was afraid he would end up […]

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