Calm down, says ab­sent PM

Waikato Times - - World -

Ten days af­ter his sur­prise res­ig­na­tion plunged Lebanon into cri­sis and raised fears of re­gional tur­moil, Prime Min­is­ter Saad Hariri yes­ter­day called on ev­ery­one to ‘‘chill’’. In his first per­sonal tweet since trav­el­ling to Saudi Ara­bia ear­lier this month, where he an­nounced he would step down in a pre-recorded mes­sage that led many to think he was be­ing held against his will, Hariri said he planned to re­turn to Lebanon in the next two days. ‘‘Peo­ple, I am fine. And God will­ing, I will come back in a cou­ple of days. Let’s chill.’’ Hariri wrote, adding that he was in good shape. Pres­i­dent Michel Aoun has re­fused to ac­cept Hariri’s res­ig­na­tion and has urged him to come home.

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