Former Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced on Monday the “suspension” of his political work, saying he will not stand in the next legislative elections scheduled for May 15.
During a brief speech delivered to the members of his formation at the Maison du Center in Beirut, the son of Rafic Hariri had these words: “I announce the suspension of my political work and I call on the current of Future to do the same. I will not stand for election and will not present any candidacy from the current of the Future or in my name”.
“Our house will remain open to goodwill and to our relatives throughout Lebanon,” he added.
This announcement comes after a series of financial and political setbacks in recent years and in light of the serious political, economic and financial crisis that has paralyzed Lebanon for almost two years.
Saad Hariri, propelled to political prominence in 2005 after the assassination of his father, has led three governments since he first came to power in 2009. He submitted his third resignation about two weeks after the start of the popular demonstrations against the political class on October 17, 2019.
Despite his appointment on October 22, 2020 to form the government, he was unable to complete his mission due to popular resentment and political divisions.