In this photo taken on Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, left, arrives for a mass funeral of ten Lebanese soldiers at the Lebanese Defense Ministry, in Yarzeh near Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Saad Hariri, who resigned from Lebanon's premiership Saturday, is a son of assassinated billionaire Rafik Hariri who never achieved his father's aura but fears he could suffer the same fate.He is a vociferous critic of Iran, the powerful Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah and the regime in neighboring Syria, which he blames for his father's killing.The 47-year-old's political career, which has included two stints as prime minister, has been marked by his opposition to Syrian influence in Lebanon.Hariri then headed an anti-Syrian bloc to victory in 2005 legislative elections.Hariri was also locked in a standoff with Hezbollah over funding for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, which is prosecuting his father's murder and had implicated Hezbollah members.After ending more than two years of political stalemate by backing Aoun last year, Hariri returned to the prime minister's office in a bid to restore the standing of Lebanon's Sunni community and counterbalance Hezbollah's influence.
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