Lebanese PM Hariri puts shock resignation on hold

Nov 22, 2017, 5:49 AM EST
Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri dismissed the allegations that Riyadh forced him to quit.
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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, who stunned everyone by abruptly renouncing power during his trip to Saudi Arabia last week, has “temporarily suspended” his resignation after a meeting with President Michel Aoun.

Earlier, the Lebanese president had rejected Hariri’s resignation, asking him to be present it in person, notes the BBC.

The political upheaval in Lebanon has triggered recriminatory exchanges between Saudi Arabia and Iran, with both the regional powers accusing each other of destabilizing the country, writes The Guardian.  Hariri, who was back in Beirut on Wednesday to join the Independence Day celebrations, dismissed the speculations that Riyadh forced him to quit.