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Lebanese PM puts resignation on hold, in surprise reversal

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Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters who rallied outside his residence in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. Hariri returned to Lebanon a day earlier and in a surprise decision, said he was putting his resignation on hold responding to a request from the president to give more time to consultations. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s Prime Minister Saad Hariri walked back his resignation on Wednesday after weeks of intensive international diplomacy aimed at restoring the delicate political balance that has kept the country from being pulled apart by regional tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.