Government stays in charge and the resignation of the Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri does not entail its collapse, the Lebanese parliament speaker, Nabih Berri, said yesterday.
Berri added in a statement issued by his press office that "the resignation announced by Hariri from Saudi Arabia won't stop the government operations," stressing that "ministers still have full prerogatives to carry out their tasks."
The official hailed the Lebanese people's "unity." "Despite all the crises, the Lebanese people were able to overcome all the tribulations," he said.
In a visit to Saudi Arabia last Saturday, Hariri announced his resignation during a speech he gave saying that he believed there was" an assassination plot against him."
He accused Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah of "sowing strife in the Arab world."
Following the announcement, the Lebanese President, Michel Aoun, said that he would not accept Hariri's resignation until he returns to Lebanon.