>> Returning home for the first time since he quit as prime minister and plunged Lebanon into political crisis. Saad al Hariri greeted by security forces at Beirut airport on Tuesday evening in wasting no time in getting to work. Hariri attending independence day celebrations in Beirut on Wednesday and attempting to present his official resignation to president Aoun.
But in televised comments, Hariri said Aoun had urged him to wait, while the reasons behind it are discussed. It's been three weeks since Hariri's shock resignation via live broadcast from Saudi Arabia, where he cited fear of assassination by Iran and Hezbollah, the dominant party in Lebanon. It was an announcement that thrust Lebanon to the forefront of a regional tussle between the Sunni monarchy of Saudi Arabia and Shiite Islamist Iran.
Saudi Arabia and Harriri are long-time allies. All Lebanese leaders have regional patrons and Riyadh is his. Politicians close to Harriri say Riyadh forced him to quit an accusation both sides deny. Harriri took power after the 2005 assassination of his father Father Rafic. He blamed Iran-backed Hezbollah for that killing, and swallowed a bitter pill to form a power-sharing government with it last year.
Now that Hariri's back, it's unclear whether he wants to compromise with Aoun and his Hezbollah supporters, or lead vocal opposition against the government he was so recently part of.