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FPM Reportedly Accuses Mustaqbal of Not Wanting New Electoral Law

The Free Patriotic Movement has accused its partner in the presidential settlement, al-Mustaqbal Movement, of wasting time in the electoral law deliberations in order to postpone the parliamentary elections, a media report said on Wednesday.

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Jumblat Delegation Meets Arslan, Says 'No One Can Eliminate Anyone'

A joint delegation from the Progressive Socialist Party and the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc held talks Tuesday in Khalde with Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan.

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Change and Reform Rejects 1960 Law Anew, Hints Aoun Won't Ink Polls Decree

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday reiterated its rejection of the controversial 1960 electoral law, noting that it violates the 1989 Taef Accord, while hinting that President Michel Aoun will not sign a decree calling for parliamentary elections in May 2017.

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UK Announces £2.5M Investment in Lebanon's Knowledge Economy

British Ambassador to Lebanon Hugo Shorter on Tuesday announced £2.5 million ($3.2 million) towards a new International Research Center (IRC) in Lebanon, the British Embassy said in a statement.

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Geagea to Le Pen: Assad a Terrorist No Different than Islamic State

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea received on Tuesday visiting France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen in Maarab, where he stressed that Syrian President Bashar Assad is a terrorist no different than the Islamic State terror group.

“I took my time to explain to Le Pen the unclear images that reach the West and that we are all against terrorism which has no religion. Based on the aforesaid, Bashar Assad is one of the biggest terrorists in Syria and the region,” said Geagea after the meeting.

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Berri from Tehran: Igniting War in the Middle East Starts, Ends in Palestine

Speaker Nabih Berri extended appreciation for Iran for “supporting Lebanon in facing the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and the Resistance,” the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

Berri spoke from Tehran where he delivered a speech at the opening of the sixth conference in support of Palestine Intifada. He thanked “Iran for its support and help for Lebanon to face the Israeli occupation and its solidarity with the Army, people and Resistance to free all our land and oblige Israel to commit to (UN) Resolution 1701,” added NNA.

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Jumblat: Le Pen's Remarks an Insult to Lebanese and Syrian People

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat criticized on Tuesday statements made by visiting French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen which he dubbed as “insulting.”

“Marine Le Pen's statements in Lebanon are inappropriate and are considered an insult to both the Syrian and Lebanese people,” said Jumblat in a tweet.

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Le Pen, Deryan Meeting Skipped over Headscarf Tilt

France's far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused to go into a meeting with Lebanon's grand mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Deryan after his aides asked her to wear a headscarf.

Le Pen was scheduled to meet with Mufti Deryan as part of her three-day visit to Lebanon this week where she met senior officials.

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Berri Sounds Alarm over Vacuum at Parliament

Efforts of various political parties have failed so far to agree on a new electoral law that will govern the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled in May, which has raised fears of vacuum at the parliament.

Speaker Nabih Berri sounded the alarm on Tuesday and stressed: “The country must not be driven towards vacuum, it is unacceptable, vacuum implies that the country is no more. The constitution has stipulated that Lebanon is a democratic republic with a parliamentary system. When the parliament falls and enters into vacuum, what will be left of the republic?”

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Reports: Nasrallah Advises Israel to 'Count to Million' before Thinking of New War on Lebanon

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Monday advised Israel anew against waging any war on Lebanon, warning that his group will not abide by any “red lines” in any future confrontation, media reports said.

“Israel must 'count to one million' before waging any war on Lebanon and we're prepared for any threat,” the reports quoted Nasrallah as telling Iran's state television.

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