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Lebanon’s ex-PM Hariri says he won’t run in upcoming election, will retire from politics

Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP)
Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri speaks to journalists after his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun, at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, March 22, 2021. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP)

Former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announces he will not run in upcoming parliamentary elections and is withdrawing from political life.

The 51-year-old, who was propelled into politics by his father Rafik’s assassination in 2005, announces his decision during a press conference in Beirut.

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