Outgoing Lebanese PM Hariri joins opposition

Hariri announces move during ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of his father's assassination.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 14, 2011 19:22
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri

saad hariri 311. (photo credit: AP)

BEIRUT — Lebanon's outgoing prime minister has joined the opposition.

Saad Hariri made the announcement Monday during a ceremony marking the sixth anniversary of the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.

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Saad Hariri was ousted as prime minister last month in a dispute over the investigation into who killed his father.

An international tribunal set up to try his killers has yet to identify the perpetrators. But the tribunal is widely expected to accuse Hezbollah members of involvement in the killing. The Shiite militant group and its allies walked out of the previous government after Saad Hariri refused to denounce the tribunal.

Hariri announced in January that he would not join a government headed buy a Hezbollah-backed candidate.


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