Lebanese citizens gathered in Beirut to mark the anniversary of Rafik Hariri’s assassination. They paid tribute to the late Prime Minister by chanting his son’s name, Saad Hariri, in a show of solidarity.
In 2022, Saad Hariri resigned from his position as Prime Minister due to growing Iranian influence in Lebanon and concerns about his own safety. He cited Iran’s support for Hezbollah as one of the reasons for his departure from politics. Later that year, he announced his retirement from public life entirely, citing the same concerns. He even urged his party not to participate in the upcoming parliamentary elections.
The anniversary of Rafik Hariri’s death is an important day for the people of Lebanon, serving as a reminder of the lasting impact he had on the country and its ongoing struggles. The public display of unity and remembrance in Beirut is a powerful symbol of the enduring legacy that Rafik Hariri left behind and the challenges that Lebanon continues to face today.