File - Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri gestures as he leaves the Grand Serail after a meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam in Beirut, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri's surprise resignation Saturday has plunged Lebanon into new uncertainty. The main casualties will be the political settlements negotiated with President Michel Aoun and Hezbollah that protected the country's stability amid the sectarian conflicts ravaging the volatile region, political sources said.For Hariri and his moderate Future Movement, Sunni-Shiite conflict in Lebanon represented a red line that no party should be permitted to cross; this solid standpoint has long underpinned Hariri's policies and attitudes, during both his time as prime minister, and out of office.Hariri's resignation came on his second visit to Riyadh in five days, during which the prime minister said that Saudi Arabia supports Lebanon's stability. But now, it is Hariri's resignation that has raised concerns over the country's stability.Hariri's resignation might throw the country into a prolonged political vacuum, given the difficulties in forming a new government faced by a successor to Hariri.
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