Lebanon's prime minister Saad Hariri has returned to his home country, on the eve of its independence day and after a nearly three-week absence dominated by his surprise resignation.
Hariri stepped down from his post in a televised address on November 4 from Saudi Arabia and then remained in Riyadh, where he spent two weeks before making brief trips to Abu Dhabi, Paris and Cairo.
His plane touched down at Beirut international airport shortly before midnight, a statement from his office said.
His resignation shocked Lebanese, but Hariri's prolonged stay in Saudi proved even more mysterious for many and sparked a litany of accusations that he was being held hostage there.
Hariri had promised he would return to Lebanon in time to mark its 47th Independence Day today and would clarify his position there.
Yesterday, he travelled to Cairo to see Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, whom he thanked for his support for Lebanon.
Hours later, Hariri flew from the Egyptian ...
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