BEIRUT, Lebanon - Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri resigned on Thursday, after more than 10 weeks of failed efforts to form a coalition.
Two-and-a-half months ago, President Michel Suleiman tasked Hariri with forming a unity government, after his coalition won the national elections.
Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Shi'ite terror organization, campaigned hard last spring against the Western-backed coalition.
According to Hariri, Hezbollah presented him with "impossible conditions" for forming a unity government.
Two days ago, Hezbollah rejected Hariri's offer for 10 of the Cabinet's 30 seats, saying the prime minister-designate's proposal raised "major question marks on the fate of a national unity government."
After meeting with Suleiman, Hariri publicized his resignation at a press conference.
"I announce to all Lebanese that I told President Suleiman today that I will step down from forming a government in hope that this decision will be for the benefit of Lebanon," Hariri told reporters.
The Lebanese president will now begin another round of consultations with parliamentarians to select a replacement for Hariri, a billionaire backed by Saudi Arabia and the United States.
Hariri's resignation will likely lead Lebanon into more political uncertainty.
Source: The Associated Press