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FM Bassil says Lebanese 'decide who represents us'
November 9, 2017 / 1:01 PM / a month ago

FM Bassil says Lebanese 'decide who represents us'

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon’s foreign minister said on Thursday that the Lebanese people choose whether to remove their representatives, after the prime minister quit in a weekend broadcast from Saudi Arabia.

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“We are the ones who decided who represents us, and we are the ones who decide to remove them or not,” Gebran Bassil said in a tweet.

Lebanon believes Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri is being held by Riyadh and plans to work with foreign states to secure his return, a top Lebanese government official said earlier.

Reporting by Ellen Francis

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