What PM Saad Hariri's Sudden Resignation Means for Lebanon
by Matthew RJ Brodsky
The World Today / CGTN America
November 4, 2017
Matthew RJ Brodsky joins Susan Roberts on CGTN America's "The World Today" to discuss the likely forces behind the Sunni leader, Saad Hariri's, decision to resign as Lebanon's prime minister. Brodsky explains that while he cited Iran and Hezbollah's growing dominance over Lebanese affairs, his reasons likely have more to do with satisfying his backers in Saudi Arabia than pushing back or protesting Iranian actions. Hariri understood Iran's role and that of Hezbollah for many years and he certainly knew it before he accepted the post a year earlier.
During the interview Brodsky misspoke saying that the Lebanese president must be a Shi'a while the speaker of parliament must be a Maronite Christian. Clearly, the reverse is true and the PM must be Sunni.