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Aoun Arrives at Arab Summit Headquarters in Jordan

President Michel Aoun arrived at the headquarters of the Arab summit in Sweimeh on the Dead Sea coast where he was received by Jordanian King Abdullah II, the State-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.

Arab leaders are set to meet in Jordan on Wednesday for their annual summit to discuss the wars in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Yemen, the fight against "terrorism" and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to Jordan's information minister.

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Hasbani: Electricity Plan Involved Private Sector, Doesn't Aggravate Budget Deficit

An electricity-reform plan approved by the cabinet on Tuesday which includes the establishment of new power plants and leasing electricity generating vessels, has incorporated the private sector in the production line, Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Ghassan Hasbani said on Wednesday.

Ministers of the Lebanese Forces party have demanded the privatization of the electricity sector, and in that regard, Hasbani assured the “LF's request has been noticed in the plan.”

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Berri Reiterates Rejection of Parliament Term Extension

Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated on Wednesday that he strictly refuses any extension of the parliament term if it was not for technical reasons, al-Joumhouria daily reported.

“We must distinguish between a technical parliament extension and a regular one. I will never accept another extension,” Berri told his visitors on Tuesday.

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Aoun, Hariri Relinquish Personal Rights in Case against Man Accused of Libel

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri have disclaimed their personal rights in the case of the young man who has been arrested over a Facebook post deemed insulting to Lebanon's top leaders, Hariri said on Tuesday.

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EU Official Announces €62M for Health, Visits Projects in Bekaa

At the end of a visit to Lebanon, EU Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, said that his visit came at an opportune moment, seeing as Lebanon is going through “important political changes with a new president, a government fully operational and parliamentary elections that should take place this year.”

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Aoun, Hariri Meet Arab PMs, Bogdanov on Eve of Jordan's Arab Summit

President Michel Aoun, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil arrived Tuesday in Jordan along with a Lebanese delegation to take part in the 28th Arab Summit that will kick off on Wednesday.

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Hariri Says Salameh Must Stay, Promises Electoral Law, Electricity Breakthroughs

Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed Tuesday that Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh should remain in his post as he promised imminent breakthroughs regarding the stalled electoral law and the electricity plan.

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Aoun to Emphasize Importance of 'Arab Solidarity' at Arab Summit

President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday he will carry a peace message to the Arab summit on behalf of the Lebanese and will stress the significance of Arab solidarity and activation of Arab League charter.

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Bassil: Newly Approved Budget Sets Course for Reform, Financial Regulation

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil said on Tuesday that the cabinet has approved the 2017 draft budget plan during Monday's meeting where “new elements to promote tax justice and abolish protected monopolies were introduced.”

Speaking after an extraordinary meeting of the Change and Reform bloc, the Minister pointed out: “We underlined three old demands of the bloc namely the tax on real estate profits, raising taxes on bank profits and bank interests.”

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Government Approves Minister’s 'Electricity-Reform Plan'

An electricity plan proposed by Lebanon's Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil was approved by the government on Tuesday where its articles will be studied and approved individually by the cabinet.

In a session devoted to study the electricity-reform plan, the cabinet convened at the Presidential Palace in Baabda and was chaired by President Michel Aoun in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the ministers.

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