Lebanon’s PM-designate steps down after months of deadlock


              Supporters of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday, throw stones against an armored personnel carrier of the Lebanese army, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              A supporter of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday, throws stones at a Lebanese soldier who drives the armored personnel carrier during a clash, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              A Lebanese soldier fires rubber bullets during a clash with supporters of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down nine months after he was named to the post by parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              A supporter of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday, throws stones against Lebanese soldiers during a clash, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              A supporter of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday, throws stones against Lebanese soldiers who hide behind their protective shield, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              A Lebanese soldier screams, as they clash with supporters of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese Prime Minister-Designate Saad Hariri, center, arrives to his meeting with Lebanese President Michel Aoun at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              FILE - In this Wednesday, July 14, 2021 file photo, released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanese President Michel Aoun, left, meets with Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon. Hariri said Thursday, July 15, 2021, that he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament, citing “key differences" with Aoun. (Dalati Nohra/Lebanese Official Government via AP, File)
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Supporters of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who stepped down on Thursday, clashes with Lebanese soldiers who some them hide behind their protective shield, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              Saad Hariri's supporters block streets in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri says he is stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament. He is citing "key differences" with the country's president, Michel Aoun. Thursday's announcement is likely to plunge the country further into more chaos and uncertainty. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
            
              In this photo released by Lebanon's official government photographer Dalati Nohra, Lebanon's Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, speaks after his meeting with Lebanese president Michel Aoun, at the presidential palace, in Baabda, east of Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, July 15, 2021. Hariri said Thursday he was stepping down, nine months after he was named to the post by the parliament and citing "key differences" with the country's president. (Dalati Nohra via AP)