A picture taken on November 5, 2017 shows people walking past a banner bearing a portrait of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri in the capital Beirut a day following the announcement of his resignation.AFP / ANWAR AMRO
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As Prime Minister Saad Hariri's weekend resignation shook up the Lebanese political scene, many on the streets of Beirut Sunday expressed concern and voiced hope that dialogue would avert a major crisis. In a surprise announcement, Hariri said Saturday that he was resigning from his post as a premier just a year after he was officially endorsed, citing increased Iranian and Hezbollah interference in Lebanon and fear for his life. Aoun's path to the presidency was facilitated by a political settlement that saw Hariri appointed premier.Speaking about the security situation in the region, he warned that "Lebanon is too weak to bear any security shake-up – so what will happen in the event of a Sunni-Shiite regional war?"Samer, 68, said he thinks Hariri's resignation came after he was no longer able to bring all the conflicting parties together.
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