Hezbollah says Saudis 'imposed' Lebanon PM's resignation

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

"The sudden resignation of Mr. Hariri and his statement in another country is not only surprising and regrettable but is also an indication of his playing a game designed by those who want ill for the region, and the victor of this game is not Arabic or Muslim countries but the Zionists", Qassemi said.

Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Iran-backed Hezbollah militant group, on Sunday accused Saudi Arabia of dictating Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation, which threatens to throw the Middle East nation into chaos.

Bahrain is ordering all its citizens in Lebanon to "leave immediately" after the country's prime minister resigned in a sudden televised address, citing Iranian meddling in Lebanese and regional affairs.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was concerned by Hariri's resignation and hoped all sides in the country would back its state institutions, his spokesman on Lebanon Stephane Dujarric said in an emailed statement.

Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population.

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The Hezbollah leader also questioned why Hariri gave his resignation speech from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi media have published reports of a plot to assassinate Hariri in recent days, but all of Lebanon's main security branches have said they have no information about such a plot.

"Is he at home? These are legitimate concerns", he said, referring to a purge of princes, ministers and businessmen in Saudi Arabia in an anti-corruption operation.

The two powers' tussle for influence has also played out in ongoing conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

"I announce my resignation as a prime minister", he said.

In Lebanon's sectarian system the president must be a Maronite Catholic, the prime minister a Sunni and the speaker of parliament a Shi'ite.

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