After around nine months of his appointment as Prime Minister-designate, unable to form a government, Saad Hariri resigned this week. Apart from its political implications, his decision to resign brings to mind a prediction made by Michel Hayek last year.
“Prime Minister Saad Hariri, as the proverb goes, is ‘running from evil, and evil is following him,’ ” Hayek said during his 2021 forecast for Lebanon back in December.
Hariri had been attempting to form a new government for Lebanon in line with the French initiative, but he was unable to do so due to the resistance he met from the Free Patriotic Movement, as he explained in a recent interview.
He said that his decision to step down from his position was the result of him becoming “a part of the vacuum” in the Lebanese political scene, which, he said, he had been trying to fill throughout his time in office.
Notably, Hariri is at the center of another prediction by Michel Hayek, one that might manifest in the politician’s next moves:
“With great caution, Saad Hariri tries to get out of his reality and connections to enter new options from certain doors, even if he knows they are mined.”