Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

Lebanese PM Hariri revokes his resignation

The crisis was kicked off last month when Hariri announced his shock resignation while overseas in Saudi Arabia.

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri officially rescinded his resignation on Tuesday, reversing his shock decision last month to step down, his press office told CNN.

The prime minister unexpectedly resigned from his post early last month, throwing the small, religiously diverse Middle Eastern country into political turmoil.

"All [the government's] political components decide to dissociate themselves from all conflicts, disputes, wars or the internal affairs of brother Arab countries, in order to preserve Lebanon's economic and political relations", Hariri said.

Aoun had said he would not accept Hariri's resignation unless he presented it in person.

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Hariri shocked the nation with his freaky resignation in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia last month, citing Lebanese militant group Hezbollah's meddling in regional affairs as a main reason for stepping down.

The Sunni prime minister, who has always been opposed to the Iran-backed Hezbollah, lambasted Iran for sowing discord in Lebanon through its Shia ally Hezbollah.

Hariri said he changed his mind about quitting after receiving assurances from other members of government that they would not meddle in foreign conflicts.

The Lebanese President had said at the time Hariri was being held against his will in Riyadh, a claim Hariri denied. Lebanon's Constitution demands that the country's government include representatives of each of its three main religious groups - Sunnis, Shiites and Maronite Christians. The prince was displeased with Mr. Hariri's leadership of a government that included Hezbollah, which has continued to gain new power and weaponry while intervening in the war in neighboring Syria.