Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri puts resignation on hold

Source: CNN

By Tamara Qiblawi and Laura Smith-Spark, CNN

Beirut (CNN)Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced Wednesday he was putting his resignation on hold, more than two weeks after he shocked the country by saying he was stepping down.

Speaking hours after he returned to Beirut, Hariri said he had accepted President Michel Aoun’s wish for him to suspend his resignation to allow for more consultations on the reasons behind the move.
Hariri announced he was standing down on November 4 while in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, saying he feared his life was in danger. Lebanon said it could not accept his resignation until he returned to the country.
Aoun said at the time Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh — a claim Hariri denied — and speculation swirled in Lebanon that he was being held hostage.

 

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