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30 August 2015, 20:40 Ex-PM Saad Hariri welcomed Speaker Berri's call for dialogue, noting that “the issue of the presidency would be the proper gateway to discuss the other topics.”
30 August 2015, 19:24 Berri: In the first third of September, I will call for a dialogue limited to Tammam Salam and the heads of parliamentary blocs. In form, it won't be any different from the 2006 dialogue, but it will be different in content. The agenda will tackle the presidency, the work of the parliament and the government, the electoral law, the law on restoring citizenship, the administrative decentralization project, and equipping the army.
30 August 2015, 19:19 Berri: We will not bargain over the people-army-resistance choice.
30 August 2015, 19:17 Berri: Either legislation or the chaos whose signs we have started to witness.
30 August 2015, 19:14 Berri: We stress our keenness on the government and the activation of its work so that it can respond to the legitimate demands. The presence of the government is a national necessity and attack on legislation is an attack on the people and their representatives … Change has a single door: the parliament. The parliament is not for Shiites, the government is not for Sunnis and the presidency is not for Maronites. State institutions are for entire Lebanon.
30 August 2015, 19:12 Berri: They rejected turning Lebanon into one electorate under a proportional representation law. They also rejected the eight electorates law and the one that mixes proportional representation and the winner-takes-all system.
30 August 2015, 19:10 Berri: As Speaker, I tried three times to establish the National Commission for the Abolition of Political Sectarianism and to merely devise its mechanism. This sectarianism was always stronger than me and my will. Dear brothers, demand a civil state and an electoral law based on proportional representation.
30 August 2015, 19:08 Berri: All these crises have pushed Lebanon's citizens to stage protests and they are right … I tell every honest demonstrator that the problem is in this system … The first problem is sectarianism and the other is deprivation and there can't be reform without abolishing sectarianism.
30 August 2015, 19:05 Berri: I'm afraid that we're growing accustomed to our woes that are the result of paralyzing the lives of citizens amid a continued presidential vacuum, suspension of legislation and a governmental confusion.
30 August 2015, 19:00 Berri: We thwarted sectarian strife through the open dialogue between our brothers in Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal in Ain el-Tineh.
30 August 2015, 18:45 Berri: Syria is always at the heart of any equation … Defeating terrorism must be the first priority in Syria, which would speed up the political solution. Comparing the regime to the terrorist groups is silly and dangerous and it would lead to the partitioning of Syria … Syria under Assad's leadership is paying the price through a continued conspiracy over its central role in the axis of resistance. A unified operations center for draining the resources of terrorism is needed.
30 August 2015, 18:35 Berri: The agreement will rearrange the situations in our countries and it will restore general stability in the region, especially in Yemen. It will also affect Syria, which is readying for the Russia 3 conference.
30 August 2015, 18:33 Berri: The entire world and the Middle East in particular entered a new phase on July 14, the date on which the nuclear deal with signed between Iran and the P5+1 world powers. I congratulate the Iranian leadership and people on this agreement.
30 August 2015, 18:31 Berri: The case the Imam will not be forgotten and the liberation of the Imam will remain our religious, national and patriotic duty. I tell those spreading rumors not to try us regarding the case of the Imam.
30 August 2015, 18:27 Berri: The case of the Imam must be on the agenda of the Libyan talks that are underway in Morocco and Algeria.
30 August 2015, 18:26 Berri: AMAL and entire Lebanon will not change their stance that holds Gadhafi and his regime responsible for the disappearance of the Imam and his two companions.
30 August 2015, 18:20 Berri: The only allowed and accepted normalization is activating cooperation in the case of the Imam and his two companions through involving the Lebanese judicial coordinator in the necessary investigations.
30 August 2015, 18:20 Berri: We reiterate that Lebanese authorities must implement the principle of reciprocity … It is shameful to turn the back on a national cause and we reject any normalization of ties with Libya under any excuse.
30 August 2015, 18:13 Berri: Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Zoaiter declares that the Tyre-Naqoura road will be considered an international highway and that the Zahrani-Tyre-Naqoura highway will be named the Imam Moussa al-Sadr Highway.
30 August 2015, 18:09 Speaker Nabih Berri addressing Nabatiyeh rally marking 37th anniversary of Imam Moussa al-Sadr's disappearance: The first phase of the Litani project has ended and the 2nd phase has started with Kuwaiti support.
30 August 2015, 15:49 MP Hussein Moussawi: Accusations that Hizbullah and the FPM are seeking total vacuum are baseless and we support the popular protests on the condition that they don't be exploited by a certain group or party.
30 August 2015, 12:13 MP Walid Jumblat urged via Twitter the “You Stink” activists to exercise caution and prevent their movement from being politically manipulated.
30 August 2015, 12:05 Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi: The tragic situation we are in is the result of consumerist materialism and politics at the expense of the rise of the state.
30 August 2015, 11:13 VDL (100.5): A fire broke out in the bush land in Blat in Jbeil and locals pleaded with Civil Defense teams to intervene before it spreads to their houses.
30 August 2015, 11:07 Security forces announced the arrest of 10 people after Saturday's riots in Riad al-Solh Square that left two members lightly wounded.
29 August 2015, 21:03 The ISF asked demonstrators to preserve calm and not to cross the barbed wire in Riad al-Solh square.
29 August 2015, 21:00 Al-Mustaqbal movement said the country is suffering from crises as a result of the failure to elect a president, which is everyone's responsibility.
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