Lebanon’s PM Saad Hariri puts resignation on hold

Beirut, Nov 22: Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Wednesday announced he was putting his resignation on hold, more than two weeks after he shocked the country by saying he was quitting. 

Hariri said he had accepted President Michel Aoun’s wish for him to postpone his resignation to allow for more consultations on the reasons for the move, CNN reported.

On November 4 Hariri announced his resignation in Saudi Arabia, citing  his life was in danger. Aoun said at the time Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh and speculation swirled in Lebanon that he was being held hostage.

Hariri finally returned to Lebanon on Tuesday late night after his arrival he visited the grave of his father former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri, who was assassinated in 2005.

Earlier on Wednesday, Hariri attended an Independence Day military parade in Beirut ahead of meeting the President.

Hariri had ended the speculation that Saudi Arabia forced him to step down and then detained him in an attempt to curb the influence of Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah, which is part of Lebanon’s national unity government formed in 2016.

Wefornews Bureau 

 

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