(BREITBART) -- Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri made his long-awaited return to Lebanon on Wednesday, but instead of formally tendering his resignation and explaining his decision to the public as expected, he retracted his resignation and announced he would continue serving as prime minister.
Hariri suddenly announced his resignation on November 4 during a trip to Saudi Arabia. In a televised address from Riyadh, he denounced the “evil” Iran and its Lebanese proxy Hezbollah were spreading in the region. He defended his decision to resign from Saudi Arabia by saying he had reason to fear for his safety.
Skeptics of Hariri’s stated reasons for resigning, notably including Lebanese President Michel Aoun, accused Saudi Arabia of holding him prisoner and forcing him to resign. France made efforts to dispel this notion, first by sending officials to meet with Hariri in Riyadh and declare he was not under duress, and then by inviting him to visit Paris before returning to Lebanon.
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