By: AP | Beirut |
Published:November 15, 2017 11:44 pm


FILE – Bahaa Hariri, right, and Saad Hariri (AP photo, File)

Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s older brother broke his silence Wednesday over the premier’s mysterious resignation, saying he supports his brother’s decision to step down over the growing demands and actions of Hezbollah. In his first public statement, Bahaa Hariri blasted Iran and its militant Lebanese proxy.

In a statement from Bahaa Hariri’s office sent to The Associated Press, he accuses Hezbollah of seeking “to take control of Lebanon.” He also expressed gratitude to Saudi Arabia for “decades of support” for Lebanon’s national institutions.

Bahaa Hariri’s name has been mentioned in Lebanese media reports as a possible Saudi-backed candidate to replace his brother, who announced his resignation from the Saudi capital on Nov. 4. In a follow-up phone call from Monaco with the…

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