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Lebanon's Hariri Delays Resignation, Vows to Protect Nation

  • Premier had announced he was quitting during trip to Riyadh
  • Decision is attempt to save current government, analyst says
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Hariri Returns to Lebanon to Tackle Political Crisis

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri suspended his resignation after the country’s president called for talks on how and why he ended up in Saudi Arabia this month and quit suddenly.

Hariri said he accepted a request from President Michel Aoun to delay his departure, temporarily defusing a crisis that’s drawn in regional and global powers and rattled investors. The premier, who had said he feared for his life in Lebanon, has denied he was pressured by the Saudis to step down. He returned to Beirut late on Tuesday.