Hariri back in Lebanon

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PV International Desk : Lebanon’s prime minister Saad Hariri, back in Beirut for the first time since his shock resignation, was expected Wednesday to explain his surprise decision and his extended stay in Saudi Arabia.

Hariri resigned in a televised address on November 4 from Saudi Arabia and then remained in Riyadh, where he spent two weeks before leaving for Paris.

His resignation shocked Lebanese, but Hariri’s prolonged stay in Saudi Arabia proved even more mysterious for many and sparked accusations that he was being held hostage in the kingdom.

He denied claims he was being detained, and promised to return to Lebanon in time to join Wednesday’s celebrations for Independence Day.

His plane touched down at Beirut airport shortly before midnight (2200 GMT), a statement from his office said, and he was expected to attend an Independence Day military parade before participating in the traditional reception at the presidential palace.