Hariri's Remarks on Possibly Reconsidering Resignation are 'Positive': Lebanon President

Published November 13th, 2017 - 11:24 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (AFP/File)

President Michel Aoun on Monday said that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's remarks on the possibility of reconsidering his own resignation was a “positive” indicator.

The President was also quoted as saying that the “PM's remarks show that the political settlement that supports the coalition government still stands.”

Last week he resigned as premier in a televised address broadcast from Saudi Arabia by the Al-Arabiya news network amid reports that he is being held against his will in Riyadh.

Hariri's 'sudden' resignation cited the "grip" of the Iran-backed movement Hezbollah on Lebanon, and also said he feared for his life.

The shock resignation announcement raised fears that Lebanon -- split into rival camps led by Hariri and the Iranian-backed movement Hezbollah-- could once again descend into violence.

It also raised questions about the fate of Hariri, who also holds Saudi nationality, as it coincided with the announcement in Saudi Arabia of an anti-corruption purge in which dozens of princes, ministers, and businessmen have been rounded up.

As questions about Hariri's fate mount, the resigned premier made a televised appearance on Sunday and said that he will return to Lebanon "within days" and that his surprising resignation was aimed at creating a “positive shock.”



This article has been adapted from its original source.

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