Lebanon president: nothing justifies Hariri absence, consider him detained

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese President Michel Aoun is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 7, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese President Michel Aoun said on Wednesday 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.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington and Ellen Francis; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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