Lebanese Prime Minister revokes resignation amid consensus deal with rivals

Sputnik News– Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri has formally revoked his resignation following a consensus deal with rival parties.The prime minister said that his cabinet “thanked” him for going back on his resignation on Tuesday, Reuters reports. The prime minister had unexpectedly resigned from his post early last month, throwing the small, religiously diverse Middle Eastern country into political turmoil.

Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, the first held since the crisis began on November 4, endorsed a statement calling on rival Lebanese groups to distance themselves from regional conflicts and the internal affairs of other Arab countries.

Last week, Lebanese President Michel Aoun met with the prime minister and announced that he would not accept his resignation. Aoun stressed that the country’s political crisis would end within a week’s time, and that there was “a broad agreement” among all political forces inside the country regarding Hariri’s status.

Hariri announced his resignation last month in a televised broadcast from Saudi Arabia, citing Hezbollah’s alleged meddling in regional affairs as the main reason behind his decision. Last Friday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said that Lebanon would “only survive or prosper if you disarm Hezbollah.”