Lebanon prime minister Hariri rescinds resignation

Ruben Hill
December 5, 2017

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri revoked his resignation Tuesday following a consensus deal reached with rival political parties, marking an end to one of the most weird interludes in Lebanese politics.

"All groups in the Lebanese government are committed to dissociate themselves from regional conflicts", Hariri said in a statement.

Hariri sparked a political crisis last month when he announced from Saudi Arabia that he would step down, and then remained in Saudi Arabia as speculation swirled as to whether he was being detained.

The Lebanese government, in a statement read by Hariri, said: "The cabinet thanks its leader (Hariri) for his position and for revoking his resignation". The most important development this week, however, will be Hariri's participation as head of a ministerial delegation at the International Support Group meeting in Paris on Friday.

Hariri shocked the nation with his weird resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month, citing Lebanese militant group Hezbollah's meddling in regional affairs as a main reason for stepping down.

Lebanon prime minister Hariri rescinds resignation
Lebanon prime minister Hariri rescinds resignation

Aoun had said he would not accept Hariri's resignation unless he presented it in person.

He later said he would consider coming back as premier if Hezbollah stopped intervening in regional conflicts, including the wars in Syria and Yemen.

Following French diplomacy that facilitated Hariri's departure from Saudi Arabia to Paris for a brief visit, he returned to Lebanon on November 21 and put the resignation on hold to allow for consultations.

During Hariri's two-week stay in Riyadh, Aoun accused Saudi authorities of holding him "hostage" and demanded that he enjoy freedom of movement.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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