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Hizbullah, Mustaqbal Urge Maintaining Dialogue among Parties to Speed Up 'National Agreements'

Hizbullah and al-Mustaqbal movement stressed Monday the need for maintaining the ongoing dialogue among various parties in the country in order to “reach national agreements as soon as possible.”

“Discussions tackled the political developments, especially those related to the constitutional junctures,” said a joint statement issued by the two parties after their 21st dialogue session in Ain al-Tineh.

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Khamenei's Aide Says New Lebanese President Must Enjoy 'Consent' of All Parties

Lebanon's new president should enjoy the “consent” of all Lebanese parties, a top adviser to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced Monday after talks in Beirut.

“We held a good, constructive and friendly meeting with Prime Minister Tammam Salam … and he has run the country in a good manner through his wisdom,” Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei's adviser on international affairs, said after the talks at the Grand Serail.

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Kataeb: President Must Neutralize Lebanon from Syrian Crisis, Extend State Authority

The Kataeb Party stressed Monday that the country's new president must "neutralize" Lebanon from the crisis in neighboring Syria and extend state authority across all Lebanese regions.

“The new president's characteristics must reflect keenness on neutralizing Lebanon from the regional and global conflicts, especially the Syrian crisis,” said the party in a statement issued after the weekly meeting of its political bureau.

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Army Arrests 81 Syrians for Entering Lebanon 'Illegally'

The army carried out a series of raids on Monday in several regions, during which 81 Syrians were arrested.

An army statement said the Syrian nationals were apprehended for entering Lebanon illegally.

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Landslide Prompts Evacuations in Kfarnabrakh

Panicked residents evacuated their homes Monday after a landslide hit the outskirts of the town of Kfarnabrakh in the Chouf region.

“Very dangerous landslides have occurred in the outskirts of the Chouf town of Kfarnabrakh above the towns of Wadi al-Sitt and al-Fowara,” stare-run National News Agency said.

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Adwan: No Return to 1960 Electoral Law

Lebanese Forces bloc MP George Adwan, the coordinator of the parliamentary panel tasked with devising a new electoral law, stressed Monday that “there will be no return to the 1960 electoral law.”

“There can't be electoral reform without a new electoral law,” he announced after the panel's first meeting.

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Qazzi Says Kataeb's Presidential Candidate is Still Amin Gemayel

Labor Minister Sejaan Qazzi announced Monday that former president Amin Gemayel is still the presidential candidate of the Kataeb Party, noting that negotiations with other political parties must start from this point.

As for the nomination of Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, Qazzi acknowledged that Franjieh is one of “the top four (Maronite) leaders who had met in Bkirki.”

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Mustaqbal Hits Back at Geagea, Says Hariri Endorses 'Lebanon First' without 'Agitation'

Al-Mustaqbal newspaper hit back violently on Monday at the “indirect message” that al-Mustaqbal movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri received from his ally Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea on Friday, when the latter urged commitment to the “principles and objectives of March 14.”

“Hariri has the motto 'Lebanon First' at the top of his objectives,” the daily said, stressing that the ex-PM does not resort to “agitation, deceit or maneuvering” in his political conduct.

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Franjieh Says Still Backs Aoun's Presidential Bid, But Not if It's for 'Obstruction'

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh declared Monday that he still supports the presidential bid of his ally Change and Reform bloc chief MP Michel Aoun – if it is not aimed at blocking his own nomination.

The stance was voiced in a Marada statement issued after overnight talks in Batroun between Franjieh and Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law.

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Judge Disregards Defense Allegations in Samaha's Case

State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr decided to disregard allegations that tape recordings presented as evidence to the court in the case of former Minister Michel Samaha are forged, the state-run National News Agency said on Monday.

Samaha's defense team had presented claims to the Military Court of Cassation that tape recordings in the case were fake.

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