Reports: Hariri Will Not Withdraw His Nomination for PM Post

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a regional banking conference, in Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017. Hariri told the conference that the country's stability is his primary concern. The remarks, a day after Hariri suspended his resignation, sought to assure the Hariri's government would keep up the effort to have Lebanon remain a top Mideast destination for finance. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Ex-PM Saad Hariri will not withdraw his nomination for the PM post in the wake of the latest developments and the postponement of the parliamentary consultations by President Michel Aoun, media reports said on Thursday.

“Today, more than ever, he is clinging to the French initiative, seeing as it is the only chance to halt the collapse in the country and rebuild what was destroyed by the port explosion,” LBCI TV quoted sources close to Hariri as saying.

“He is maintaining silence and monitoring the reactions to the delay in consultations,” the sources added.

“The postponement of consultations is nothing but a postponement of the initiative,” the sources went on to say, accusing some parties of practicing obstruction.

The sources also noted that Hariri was against the “unjustified” postponement of consultations.

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