Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri gestures as he arrives to attend a ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the assassination of his father, slain Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in Beirut, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Dressed in a sleek dark blue suit matched with a black tie, the young leader braved the eager crowd Saturday and took to the stage to deliver a much anticipated speech to mark 10 years since the assassination of his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. While it was obvious that his allies and supporters had missed the presence of Future Movement leader Saad Hariri among them in Beirut, he too had deeply missed them and was not afraid to express it. As comfortable as ever, joking with the audience, and often drinking from a bottle of water, Hariri delivered a 40-minute-speech.Three of the estimated 35,000 students who got scholarships from the Hariri Foundation also paid tribute to the assassinated prime minister in separate speeches.Describing how much he missed his late father, Hariri could not hide his emotions at the end of his address. Hariri asked, struggling to fight back tears.
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