Lebanon PM’s brother backs resignation, blasts Iran and Hezbollah

hariri in terview in RiyadhPrime Minister Saad Hariri’s older brother has broken his silence over the premier’s mysterious resignation, saying he supports his brother’s decision.

In his first public statement, Bahaa Hariri blasted Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah.

The statement from Bahaa Hariri’s office was sent to The Associated Press Wednesday. In it, the elder Hariri 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.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri's older brother  Bahaa  (R) 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.
Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s older brother Bahaa (R) 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 a phone call with the AP Wednesday, Bahaa Hariri declined to comment further.

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