Lebanon's Hariri suspends role in politics, won't run in vote

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Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri walks by after meeting with Lebanon's President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon March 22, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

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BEIRUT, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Leading Lebanese Sunni Muslim politician Saad al-Hariri said on Monday he would not run in a forthcoming parliamentary election and was suspending his role in political life, calling on his political party to do the same.

"We will continue to serve our people, but our decision is to suspend any role in power, politics and parliament," Hariri said in a live televised address.

Three times Lebanon's prime minister, Hariri called on his Future Movement not to run any candidates in the election.

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Reporting by Nayera Abdallah and Laila Bassam; Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Catherine Evans

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