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Anti-Hizbullah Candidate Ali al-Amin Assaulted in His Hometown

Anti-Hizbullah journalist and parliamentary candidate Ali al-Amin was physically assaulted Sunday in his southern hometown Shaqra at the hands of Hizbullah supporters.

“I'm besieged in the town of Shaqra. I have been attacked by more than 30 young men who belong to Hizbullah. My tooth is broken from the beating and I suffered punches and kicks to my body. They used all types of physical assault against me,” al-Amin said in a video posted online, describing the assailants as a “group of thugs.”

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Gemayel Sees in Elections 'Chance to Rectify Country's Course'

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel on Sunday stressed that there is a “chance rectify the country's course” through the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“We have a chance in the elections to rectify the country's course,” Gemayel said during an electoral tour in Mount Lebanon.

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Hizbullah Likely to Win Shiite Seat in Keserwan-Jbeil

Hizbullah is currently seeking to secure the electoral threshold needed for the win of its Shiite candidate Hussein Zoaiter in Jbeil, a media report published Sunday said.

“This electoral threshold is at around 14,000 votes,” sources informed on the electoral campaigns told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

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Hariri Tours Bekaa Region as Elections Loom

Prime Minister Saad Hariri started his electoral Bekaa tour by visiting al-Azhar of Bekaa in Majdel Anjar, where he was received by Mufti of Zahle and Bekaa Sheikh Khalil al-Mais, Mufti of Baalbek Sheikh Khaled Solh, dignitaries and students from Azhar, Hariri’s media office said Saturday.

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Lebanese Red Cross Worker Killed in Southern Yemen

Lebanese Red Cross employee, Hanna Lahhoud, was killed in an armed attack on an ICRC group in Yemen’s Taez, VDL (100.5) said Saturday.

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Report: Foreign Ministry 'Questions' UN Agency's Work over Eviction Remarks

The Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it could “re-evaluate the work of the UNHCR” after the latter’s Friday statement questioning the voluntary return of about 500 Syrian refugees back to Syria, the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat reported on Saturday.

Human Rights Watch has also accused Lebanese municipalities of “forcing hundreds of Syrian refugees in Lebanon to leave their places of residence, and expelling them from a number of Lebanese cities and towns.”

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Report: Electoral Supervisory Committee Rebuffed by Resignation

Two weeks before Lebanon kicks off its general elections, the electoral supervisory committee tasked with monitoring Lebanon’s May 6 elections, received a “slap in the face” when one of its members resigned citing “limiting the committee's powers,” al-Joumhouria daily reported Saturday.

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Aoun Meets U.S. Central Command Chief

President Michel Aoun met on Friday with Gen. Joseph Votel, head of U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), at Baabda palace, the National News Agency reported.

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Rahi Lays Cornerstone for Qatar Church, Says Politicians Must Respect Constitution

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi said Friday from Qatar that Lebanon needs politicians who respect the country’s Constitution and law, and fight hard to combat corruption, the National News Agency reported.

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Report: Generator Owners ‘Pressure Group in Parliament’ Hindering Solution

Lebanon’s failure to find a solution for its chronic electricity crisis was attributed to “pressures exerted by owners of generators who control 50 percent of the Lebanese market and represent a pressure group within the parliament,” the pan-Arab al-Hayat reported on Friday.

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