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Lebanon president: nothing justifies Hariri absence, consider him detained

Lebanon's Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri speaks after announcing the new government at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 18, 2016. — Reuters picLebanon's Prime minister-designate Saad al-Hariri speaks after announcing the new government at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon December 18, 2016. — Reuters picBEIRUT, Nov 15 — Lebanese President Michel Aoun said today nothing justified Saad al-Hariri’s continued absence from Lebanon and therefore he should be considered detained in Saudi Arabia.

Hariri resigned as Lebanon’s prime minister on Nov. 4 in a video broadcast from Saudi Arabia and has yet to return to Lebanon.

Writing on Twitter, Aoun said Hariri’s detention represents a breach of human rights and Lebanon cannot wait a long time for his return as the state must continue to operate. — Reuters

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