Hariri greeted a long line of politicians, family members and supporters at the BIEL hall on Saturday, February 14, 2014 (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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With suspenseful music playing in the background and excited tearful crowds cheering, the head of the Future Movement Saad Hariri entered the BIEL hall Saturday afternoon where thousands of attendees gathered to mark the 10th anniversary of the assassination of his father, late Premier Rafik Hariri.It took the former prime minister, who made a surprise return to Beirut Friday midnight, a little bit more than 10 minutes to shake hands and sometimes hug and kiss a long line of Lebanese politicians, diplomats, religious figures, relatives and supporters.Comfortable, joking with the audience, and often drinking from a bottle of water, Hariri delivered a 40-minute-speech.The speech, interrupted several times by jubilant partisans, ranged from the legacy of Rafik Hariri to hot political topics such as dialogue with Hezbollah, the presidential deadlock and the rising threat of terrorism.Describing how much he missed his late father, Hariri could not hide his emotions at the end of the address. Hariri asked, struggling to fight tears.
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