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Lebanese politician; Prime Minister of Lebanon (2009-2011; 2016-present)

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Saad Hariri: Lebanese politician; Prime Minister of Lebanon (2009-2011; 2016-present)
Saad El-Din Rafik Al-Hariri is a Lebanese politician who was the Prime Minister of Lebanon from 18 December 2016 to 21 January 2020. He was also the Prime Minister from 9 November 2009 to 13 June 2011. He is the second son of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005. Hariri has also been the leader of the Future Movement party since 2005. He is seen as "the strongest figurehead" of the March 14 Alliance. After three years living overseas, he returned to Lebanon on 8 August 2014 and was designated Prime Minister on 3 November 2016. Hariri's surprise announcement of an intent to resign, broadcast on 4 November 2017 on Saudi state TV, has widely been seen as part of the Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict in Lebanon, and triggered a dispute between Lebanon and Saudi Arabia. The resignation was later suspended, following President Michel Aoun's request to "put it on hold ahead of further consultations". On October 29, 2019, amid the 2019 Lebanese protests, Hariri announced his resignation, and that of his cabinet.

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Lebanon urgently needs new government to avoid collapse: Hariri

Lebanon needs to quickly form a new government to stop a cycle of collapse and worsening economic and security conditions, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri tweeted on Monday.
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Lebanon caretaker PM Hariri: new government needed urgently to avoid collapse

Lebanon needs to urgently form a new government to get out of a cycle of collapse that has repercussions for the country's economic and security situation, caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri..
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Protesters square off against Lebanon security forces [Video]Protesters square off against Lebanon security forces

Security forces in Beirut fired tear gas and used water cannon on Saturday in clashes with protesters armed with tree branches and sign posts near Lebanon's parliament. Emer McCarthy reports.

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Banks in Lebanon are vandalised as economy freefalls [Video]Banks in Lebanon are vandalised as economy freefalls

UN official blames politicians for "dangerous chaos" in Lebanon as Beirut banks are vandalised. Adam Reed reports.

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Hezbollah-backed Hassan Diab becomes Lebanese PM [Video]Hezbollah-backed Hassan Diab becomes Lebanese PM

Former minister Hassan Diab became Lebanon's new prime minister on Thursday with backing from the Iran-backed group Hezbollah and its allies. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Lebanon delays nomination of new PM amid protests, divisions [Video]Lebanon delays nomination of new PM amid protests, divisions

President postpones talks which were expected to result in Saad Hariri being named as next prime minister.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:25Published

Thousands of protesters return to Lebanese Parliament after crackdown in Beirut [Video]Thousands of protesters return to Lebanese Parliament after crackdown in Beirut

Thousands of Lebanese protesters have defiantly returned to rally outside parliament in Beirut, hours after security forces chased them out using tear gas and rubber bullets. Saturday night into Sunday..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:08Published

Dozens injured in Beirut protests [Video]Dozens injured in Beirut protests

Tear gas engulfed central Beirut as security forces chased protesters near Lebanon's parliament on Sunday in a second night of street clashes that wounded dozens of people.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:40Published

Lebanon seeks international help as financial crisis grows [Video]Lebanon seeks international help as financial crisis grows

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri has appealed for help to finance imports as international assistance seems to come with its own demands.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

Lebanon's Saad Hariri says he does not want to be next PM [Video]Lebanon's Saad Hariri says he does not want to be next PM

Former prime minister hopeful President Aoun will designate new leader amid political deadlock in protest-hit Lebanon.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:21Published

 

Lebanon's Hariri: 'stop wasting time' in government talks, economic solutions

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Sunday urged politicians to urgently form a new government and find solutions for the country's economic crisis, after a night of violent clashes between security forces and..
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Lebanon must cooperate with IMF but needs a new government - Hariri

Lebanon must cooperate with the International Monetary Fund and World Bank over its economy, which is in deep crisis, but that should be overseen by a new government and not the current caretaker..
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Lebanon's Hariri's party won't take part in next government

Saad al-Hariri's Future Movement will not be participating in the next government, a source close to Hariri and Lebanese media said on Thursday, as a candidate backed by Shi'ite Hezbollah and its..
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Lebanon's Hariri arrives at presidency as PM consultations begin

Outgoing Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri arrived at the presidential palace on Thursday as formal consultations began to designate a new premier, live television footage showed.
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Hariri-led party will not nominate a candidate for Lebanon PM: al-Jadeed TV

Saad al-Hariri's Future Movement will not nominate any candidate for the post of prime minister in formal consultations at the presidency on Thursday, Lebanese television station al-Jadeed reported.
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Lebanon's Hariri says he will not be PM again

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Wednesday withdrew as a candidate to become prime minister of a new government, leaving no obvious alternative to head a cabinet that must tackle the worst economic crisis..
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Lebanon's Hariri says is not a candidate for PM

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri said on Wednesday he is not a candidate for prime minister but insisted that formal consultations to designate a new premier take place on Thursday as scheduled.
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Lebanon's Berri, Hariri call for calm after night of violence

Lebanon's parliament speaker and caretaker prime minister warned against strife on Tuesday after clashes between supporters of Shi'ite groups and security forces overnight stirred fears of further..
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Lebanon's Hariri may be named PM but faces struggle to form government

Saad al-Hariri is expected to be named Lebanon's prime minister on Monday, but political rifts look set to hinder agreement on a new government badly needed to rescue the country from a dire economic..
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Lebanese Christian party says it won't join government on Hariri's terms

Lebanon's largest Christian political party will not join a new government under the terms set by caretaker premier Saad al-Hariri, but will not obstruct the formation of a new cabinet, its leader said..
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Lebanon's Hariri reemerges as PM candidate as Khatib withdraws

Lebanon's leading Sunni Muslim politician, Saad al-Hariri, re-emerged as a candidate for prime minister on Sunday when businessman Samir Khatib withdrew his candidacy to lead a government that must..
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Lebanon's Khatib says Sunnis want Hariri to be PM again

Lebanese Sunnis want Saad al-Hariri to be prime minister of the next government, businessman Samir Khatib said on Sunday after meeting Lebanon's top Sunni cleric, spelling the end of his own candidacy..
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Lebanon appeals to more states for help with imports

Lebanon appealed to more friendly states on Saturday to help it import essential goods as it wrestles with an acute economic crisis and hard currency shortages, the office of caretaker Prime Minister..
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Lebanon requests aid from allies to secure imports: statement

Lebanon's caretaker prime minister Saad al-Hariri has requested aid from friendly countries to help it secure imports of food and raw materials amid an acute dollar shortage, a statement from Hariri's..
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Hariri's Future party to nominate Khatib as new Lebanese PM: source

Lawmakers with the Future Movement led by Sunni politician Saad al-Hariri will nominate Sunni businessman Samir Khatib to be Lebanon's new prime minister in formal consultations on Monday, a source..
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Lebanon's Hariri backs businessman Khatib for prime minister

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday backed businessman Samir al-Khatib to head the next government, though he said some details still had to be discussed.
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Lebanon's Hariri says he does not want to be PM, says decision 'decisive'

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri said on Tuesday he did not want to be prime minister of a new government, calling his decision "decisive" and saying he was confident President Michel Aoun would convene..
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Clashes, gunfire in Lebanon in second night of violence: state news agency

Clashes between supporters of Lebanon's caretaker prime minister, Saad al-Hariri, and Shi'ite groups Hezbollah and Amal erupted into gunfire in Beirut late on Monday, state news agency NNA reported.
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Lebanon's Safadi withdraws candidacy for PM, urges Hariri for post: statement

Former Lebanese finance minister Mohammad Safadi withdrew his candidacy to be the next prime minister on Saturday, saying that he saw that it would have been difficult to form a "harmonious" cabinet..
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Aoun says Lebanese government must include politicians, urges protesters to go home

President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday a government made up purely of technocrats would not be able to run Lebanon and so a it must include politicians, adding he had found Saad al-Hariri hesitant about..
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Lebanon's Aoun says found Hariri hesitant about being PM

Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday he had found outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri hesitant about taking the job again and he backed a cabinet mixing technocrats and politicians.
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Lebanese banks face threats, Hariri said to want neutral government

Lebanese bank staff are facing abuse from customers angered by restrictions on access to their cash, the employees' union said on Friday, reflecting intensifying pressures in an economy gripped by its..
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Lebanon's Berri says insists on Hariri as PM of next government- NBN television

Lebanon's Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said he insisted on nominating Saad al-Hariri as prime minister of the country's next government, NBN television reported on Thursday.
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No sign of new cabinet as Lebanese leaders meet, bank curbs continue

Lebanon's outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met President Michel Aoun on Thursday without announcing progress toward forming a new government, as banking sources said most financial transfers out..
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Lebanon President Aoun, Hariri meet to discuss way out of crisis

Lebanese President Michel Aoun and caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri held talks on Thursday on responding to three weeks of nationwide anti-government protests that have thrown the country into..
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Lebanon's Hariri meets Aoun, says will continue talks

Lebanon's caretaker Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri met President Michel Aoun on Thursday and said after the meeting he would continue to hold talks with the head of state and other parties.
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Lebanon's Hariri meets Bassil, all ideas on table -source close to Hariri

Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri, who resigned as prime minister last week, had a positive meeting with leading politician Gebran Bassil on Wednesday and all ideas were discussed for getting the country out of..
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In Lebanon's sweeping protests, hard-hit Tripoli sets the tempo

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation has failed to quell nationwide protests but nowhere have they proven more determined and more energetic than in the second biggest city, Tripoli,..
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Lebanon president seeks to solve 'complications' before new PM consultations

Lebanon's president said on Saturday he will soon set a date for formal consultations with lawmakers to pick a new prime minister following Saad al-Hariri's resignation this week, but is working to..
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Hezbollah: Lebanon's next government must heed protesters

The Shi'ite group Hezbollah said on Friday a new Lebanese government must listen to the demands that fueled protests against the country's rulers and led Saad al-Hariri to quit as prime minister.
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Exclusive: U.S. withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon - sources

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration is withholding $105 million in security aid for Lebanon, two U.S. officials said on Thursday, two days after the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad..
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Lebanon's president calls for new government of technocrats to push economic reforms

Lebanese President Michel Aoun called on Thursday for the formation of a new government of technocrats following the resignation of prime minister Saad al-Hariri amid nationwide protests against a..
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Lebanon's president Aoun pledges cabinet of technocrats in new government

Lebanese President Michel Aoun pledged on Thursday to form a new government in which ministers would be chosen by expertise rather than political affiliation, after the resignation of Prime Minister..
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Lebanon's Hezbollah, France call for new government

Lebanon's powerful Iran-backed Hezbollah movement said on Thursday Saad al-Hariri's resignation as prime minister would waste the time available for reforms that are widely seen as vital to steering..
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Hezbollah: Hariri resignation wastes time needed for reform in Lebanon

Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc said on Thursday the resignation of Saad al-Hariri as prime minister had wasted time needed to enact reforms which are widely seen as necessary to steer Lebanon out of an..
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Lebanon needs to form a government quickly - France's Le Drian

Lebanon needs to quickly form a government that can push necessary reforms, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Thursday, two days after Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri resigned..
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Hariri ready to be Lebanese PM again but with conditions -source

Saad al-Hariri is ready to return as prime minister of a new Lebanese government, a senior official familiar with his thinking said, on condition it includes technocrats and can quickly implement..
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Exclusive: How Lebanon's Hariri defied Hezbollah

After hitting a dead end in efforts to defuse the crisis sweeping Lebanon, Saad al-Hariri informed a top Hezbollah official on Monday he had no choice but to quit as prime minister in defiance of the..
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Lebanon's president asks cabinet to continue in caretaker role until new government forms

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday asked the cabinet to continue in a caretaker role until a new government is formed, following the resignation of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday.
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U.S.'s Pompeo calls for new, efficient government in Lebanon

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday urged Lebanon's political leaders to help form a new government responsive to the needs of its people after Saad al-Hariri resigned as prime minister..
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Iran urges unity among Lebanon's political groups

Iran on Tuesday called for unity among Lebanon's political groups after Saad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon's prime minister amid protests.
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PM Hariri resigns as Lebanon crisis turns violent

Saad al-Hariri resigned as Lebanon's prime minister on Tuesday, declaring he had hit a "dead end" in trying to resolve a crisis unleashed by huge protests against the ruling elite and plunging the..
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After struggling to reform, Hariri quits as Lebanese PM

Saad al-Hariri's third term as prime minister of Lebanon was mired in political rivalries that obstructed reforms needed to save the country from economic collapse.
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German foreign minister says hopes resignation of Lebanese PM will not undermine stability

Germany hopes the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri will not undermine the country's stability, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Tuesday.
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Lebanon's Aoun will not request caretaker cabinet on Tuesday: source

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun is studying Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's resignation letter and will not issue a request for the cabinet to take on a caretaker role on Tuesday, a source in the..
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