Lebanese citizens gathered in Beirut to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the assassination of Rafik Hariri. They chanted his name and honored his memory, reflecting on the ongoing impact of his death and the tensions facing Lebanon. The event also served as a reminder of the challenges faced by Saad Hariri, who had resigned from his position as Prime Minister due to growing Iranian involvement in Lebanon and concerns about his safety.
In 2022, Saad Hariri announced his retirement from political life, citing Iran’s influence on the country through Hezbollah. The concern over Iran’s involvement led Hariri to call on his party not to run in the parliamentary elections, marking a significant shift in his political career.
The anniversary of Rafik Hariri’s assassination served as a poignant reminder of the ongoing tensions facing Lebanon, highlighting the complexities of its political landscape. As Lebanese citizens came together to pay their respects, they were reminded of both the enduring legacy of Rafik Hariri and the challenges facing their country today.