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Saad Hariri is a Lebanese politician and businessman who also holds Saudi citizenship. He entered politics following the assassination of his father on 14 February 2005.
Considered close to Saudi Arabia and the main leader of the March 14 coalition, he was appointed President of the Lebanese Council of Ministers from 16 September 2009 to 12 January 2011 succeeding Fouad Saniora under President Michel Sleiman and again since 18 December 2016 under the mandate of President Michel Aoun.

During his first term, accused of being too close to Saudi Arabia, 11 ministers (from the Amal-CPL-Hezbollah coalition and a minister close to the President of the Republic Michel Sleiman) or more than a third of the government will resign. This government will be considered to have resigned on 12 January 2011.
A second mandate under the aegis of a rapprochement with Michel Aoun
After the conclusion of an agreement that allowed the election of General Michel Aoun, leader of the CPL, to the presidency of the Republic after a period of vacant for more than two years, Saad Hariri is responsible for forming a new government on November 3, 2016. He took office on 18 December 2016 and won the confidence of the Chamber of Deputies on 28 December by a majority of 87 votes out of 127 MPs. As Michel Aoun is considered close to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah, Saudi Arabia will cease while financially supporting Saad Hariri.

In 2015-2016, the company Saudi Oger (founded by his father and of which he took over) is affected by severe financial difficulties due to the refusal of the Saudi authorities to honour their arrears, which have the consequences of causing frequent suspensions of employees’ salaries. It will be declared bankrupt in June 2017 and will close on July 31, 2017.

Faced with Saudi Oger’s financial difficulties, the Lebanese Prime Minister will visit Saudi Arabia in November 2017. He announced his resignation as President of the Council of Ministers on 4 November 2017 in a speech broadcast from Riyadh denouncing Iran’s control over Lebanon and the region and its alliance with the Shiite movement Hezbollah. However, the resignation was considered null and void, with the Lebanese authorities deeming the prime minister kidnapped by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Following mediation by French President Emmanuel Macron, Saad Hariri will travel to France with his family on November 16, 2017 and then return to Lebanon on November 21 to announce the suspension of his resignation following a meeting with the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun. It will then implement a policy of dissociating Lebanon from regional conflicts.
A third term and difficulties in forming a government of national unity
Appointed by parliamentarians for a third term on 24 May 2018 after the parliamentary elections of 6 May 2018, Saad Hariri will take 9 months to form his next government because of his desire to form a cabinet of national unity and the difficulties posed by the various political parties. His new cabinet will have to implement the reform programme presented at the aid conference in Lebanon called CEDRE in April 2018 and present an anti-corruption programme that is ravaging Lebanese public administrations.

He eventually resigned under popular pressure on October 29, 2019.
Saad Hariri refills for a 4th term
Saad Hariri will be reappointed as Prime Minister on Thursday 22 October, following mandatory parliamentary consultations conducted by the President of the Republic and at a time when Lebanon is now facing a major economic crisis. He is expected to succeed the first Hassan Diab, who has resigned since 10 August.

Lebanon: Perhaps decisive week for the government …?

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Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri has postponed his return to Lebanon. While he was due to return yesterday, the latter seems to have gone...

Hariri en route, non pas pour le Liban mais pour la France (Média)

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Contrairement à ce qui avait été précédemment annoncé, le Premier Ministre désigné Saad Hariri serait en route pour la France et non pour le...

Government: No progress while Berri could attempt a new mediation

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On the government front, no progress has been seen in the tug-of-war between the Presidency of the Republic and the Prime Minister-designate, as Parliament...

Nabih Berri calls for the formation of a government within 2 weeks “before it...

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The Speaker of the House called for the formation of a government within 2 weeks without any veto right granted to anyone and made...

Berri: the crisis is 100% internal

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Speaking on Liberation Day, Speaker of the House Nabih Berri called on all political parties to remove obstacles to the formation of a new...

No progress on the government front as the dispute between presidency and prime minister-designate...

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No new government announcement is scheduled after a week marked by the transhipment of the crisis between presidency of the republic and prime minister...
The Maronite Patriarch Béchara Boutros Rahi celebrating mass in front of a delegation of veterans. Photo Credit: NNA

Patriarch Rai refocuses his position by criticizing Hariri and calling on the Lebanese state...

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On this Pentecost Sunday, the Maronite Patriarch Béchara Raï called in his homily the Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri to present to the President...

Government: Parliament decides to decide nothing

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After reading yesterday a letter from the presidency of the republic accusing the prime minister designate Saad Hariri of being at the origin of...

Postponement of the parliamentary session intended to debate the political crisis between the Presidency...

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The political crisis between the Presidency of the Republic and Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri, who returned to Lebanon this very Friday to attend...

The 3 former prime ministers in defense of Saad Hariri in his standoff against...

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The 3 former prime ministers Nagib Mikati, Fouad Saniora and Tamam Salam have stepped up to the defense of Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri,...
The Speaker of the House, Nabih Berri

Parliamentary session this Friday at the call of Nabih Berri

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Speaker Nabih Berri called for a meeting of parliament this Friday at 2 p.m. to discuss the letter he received from the Presidency of...

Charbel Wehbé asks to be exonerated from his responsibilities as minister

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Outgoing Foreign Minister Charbel Wehbé asked the President of the Republic, General Michel Aoun, to be exonerated from his responsibilities. As a reminder, a...

Government: temperature rise between the presidency and Saad Hariri

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Tensions between the Presidency and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri escalated after the latter postponed his return to Lebanon as a letter from the Presidential...
Former Prime Minister Nagib Mikati

Nagib Mikati proposed as an alternative to Saad Hariri

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Faced with the impasse, part of the international community would now support the candidacy of Nagib Mikati in place of that of Prime Minister...
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