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Army: Troops Supported ISF in Central Beirut to Control Situation

The Lebanese Army issued a statement on Monday on the clashes with police near the parliament a day earlier on the eve of much-delayed consultations to form a new cabinet needed to fix a deepening economic crisis.

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Report: Arab, International Calls on Lebanon Officials to Form Govt.

Several Arab and international leaders have sounded the alarm about the latest developments in Lebanon urging its leaders to “listen” to the people’s demands amid sweeping protests demanding an overhaul of the entire political class and an unprecedented economic crisis.

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Report: Hariri Held Secret Meeting with Berri

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri reportedly held a “secret” meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh on Saturday, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

The daily said that discussions tackled several “suggestions,” on the formation of the government, that Berri believes must be addressed "quickly," said the daily.

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Al-Hassan Says 'Infiltrators' behind New Clashes, Urges Protesters to Leave

Caretaker Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan on Sunday blamed “infiltrators” for Sunday’s clashes in central Beirut, urging “peaceful protesters” to leave the area.

In remarks to MTV, al-Hassan also expressed concern that the violence could be part of a “plot” to obstruct parliamentary consultations to a pick a new premier scheduled for Monday.

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Reports: Hariri Held Secret Meeting with Aoun Saturday Evening

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a “secret” meeting with President Michel Aoun in Baabda on Saturday evening, TV networks reported on Sunday.

The reports said the talks tackled “the governmental developments on the eve of the binding parliamentary consultations” to pick a new premier.

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Qaouq: We Want Govt. that Wins Confidence of People on Streets, in Homes

Hizbullah Central Council member Sheikh Nabil Qaouq on Sunday said that hisQaouq: We Want Govt. that Wins Confidence of People on Streets, in Homes

Hizbullah Central Council member Sheikh Nabil Qaouq on Sunday said that his party wants a government that would “win the confidence of people present on the streets and in their homes.”

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Hariri Still Insisting on Technocrat Government

Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s will not change his stance on the need to form a government of experts that would be able to confront the economic and social challenges, sources close to him said.

“Should he be designated to form the new government, PM Hariri will seek to form an integrated team comprising figures who have expertise,” LBCI TV quoted the Center House sources as saying.

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Alloush Hints Hariri Won't Refuse to be Re-Designated as PM

Senior al-Mustaqbal Movement official ex-MP Mustafa Alloush has hinted that caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not reject his re-nomination for the PM post in Monday’s binding parliamentary consultations.

“Hariri does not want to dodge his responsibilities in these critical moments,” Alloush said in a TV interview.

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FPM, Mustaqbal Offices in Akkar Vandalized

Unknown individuals overnight vandalized two offices belonging to the Free Patriotic Movement and al-Mustaqbal Movement in the northern district of Akkar, the National News Agency said.

NNA said the FPM’s office in the Akkar town of al-Joumeh was attacked around 3:00 am.

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Al-Hassan Orders Probe in Clashes, Warns Protesters of 'Infiltrators'

Caretaker Interior Minister Raya al-Hassan on Sunday said she has ordered a probe into the fierce overnight clashes between protesters and riot police in central Beirut.

“I was concerned, saddened and astounded as I followed up throughout the night yesterday on the confrontations in the vicinity of parliament and on Beirut’s streets, which led to clashes between security forces and citizens and injuries on both sides,” al-Hassan said in a statement.

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