Hariri's party demands his return to Lebanon


Published: 2017-11-09 17:39

Last Updated: 2017-11-09 19:00

Saad al-Hariri resigned last weekend. (Wikimedia Commons)
Saad al-Hariri resigned last weekend. (Wikimedia Commons)

The political party headed by Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri called on Thursday for Hariri to return to Beirut to uphold Lebanon's system of government.

This comes after Hariri surprisingly resigned on Saturday in a television broadcast from Saudi Arabia, attacking Saudi Arabia’s regional rival Iran and its ally Hezbollah in a televised address.

He said that his life was in danger and accused Iran of meddling in the region, causing "devastation and chaos."

Hariri's Future Movement said his return home was "necessary to recover respect for Lebanon's internal and external balance, and in the framework of full respect for Lebanese legitimacy."

Lebanon believes Hariri is being held by Riyadh and plans to work with foreign states to secure his return, two top Lebanese government officials told Reuters on Thursday.