Former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri says he is free in Saudi Arabia, plans to return to Lebanon within days
Nov 13, 2017 Politics 6108 By Michelle Clarke
- Former Lebanese PM Saad Hariri says he is free in Saudi Arabia, plans to return to Lebanon within days.
- Discloses he was not forced to resign from office from overseas.
- Plans to return to Lebanon to confirm resignation in accordance with Lebanese constitution.
Former Prime Minister of Lebanon Saad Hariri who recently resigned 11 months after he took office has
granted an interview to debunk rumours that he is being held hostage in Saudi Arabia where he sent his resignation from.
Saad Hariri disclosed that he is a free man in Saudi Arabia and that he was not forced to resign from office. He also stated that he has plans to return to Lebanon within a number of days.
Hariri made these comments during an interview he granted on Sunday to Future TV, a station affiliated with his political party, Hariri said he was free in Saudi Arabia.
"Here in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I am free. I have complete freedom, but I want to look after my family as well," he said, adding that he planned to return to Lebanon in the near future.
"I'm not talking about months ... I'm only talking about days and I'll go back to Lebanon."
In his interview on Sunday, Hariri said he wrote his own resignation speech, insisting that he was not forced to step down.
"I wanted to make a positive shock for the Lebanese people so the people know how dangerous the situation we are in," he said.
Hariri also said that upon his return to Lebanon he will confirm his resignation in accordance with the country's constitution.