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Report: Bassil Has Proposal to Solve ‘Sunni Obstacle’

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil has reportedly made a new suggestion to resolve the hurdle of independent Sunni MPs representation in the new government, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Mustaqbal Hits Back at Qassem, Abu Faour Speaks of Russian Initiative

Al-Mustaqbal Movement sources snapped back Thursday at Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem over remarks he voiced about the controversial issue of representing the so-called independent Sunni MPs in the new government.

“The ball is in the court of the obstructors and the party responsible for obstruction is known by all Lebanese,” the sources told LBCI television.

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Kardel Visits Army Bases, Urges Quick Formation of 'Consensus Govt.'

Acting U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel on Thursday visited the 4th Land Border Regiment Command of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) in Baalbek and the Army’s Air Base and Central Training Center for Border Management in Rayak, in eastern Lebanon.

“She took stock with representatives of the LAF of progress underway to strengthen border security and to extend the authority of the State along the eastern border, noting that Lebanon has made significant progress through the establishment of four Land Border Regiments all along the north-eastern border,” a statement from her office said.

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Loyalty to Resistance: Key Forces Must Cooperate to Represent Independent Sunnis

Hizbullah’s Loyalty to Resistance bloc on Thursday called on the country’s “key forces” to “cooperate” to represent the so-called “independent Sunnis” in the new , government, warning that the marginalization of any component is not in the country’s interest.

“The formation of the government is very important in order to delineate the safe tracks that Lebanon must be put on so that it preserves its security and addresses its domestic problems,” said the bloc in a statement issued after its weekly meeting.

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Khoury Gets Berri’s Support in Measures against Generator Owners

Caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury on Thursday announced that he has the support of Speaker Nabih Berri regarding the ministry’s decision to regulate the private power providers sector.

“The Speaker supports us in using all the available legal measures to impose the state’s authority and he is ready for any help,” said Khoury after talks with Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

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Mashnouq: Hariri Won’t Withdraw, Sunni MPs Made the Wrong Approach

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq assured on Thursday that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will not withdraw from forming the country’s government, noting that Sunni MPs have made the wrong approach.

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Hawat: Electricity Disaster Result of Your Failures

MP Ziad Hawat criticized on Thursday the State’s failure to resolve Lebanon’s chronic electricity crisis.

"The electricity disaster is the fruit of your epic failure to secure this service for years," Hawat said via Twitter.

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Houri Says Hizbullah 'Confining' Govt. Formation

Al-Mustaqbal Movement former MP Ammar Houri on Thursday blamed Hizbullah party for the government formation delay, as he assured that head of the Movement, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s presence in Paris is only “temporary.”

“When Hizbullah sees that the regional situation suits it, only then will it let the government be formed,” Houri said in remarks he made to VDL (100.5) radio station.

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Taymour Jumblat Meets Bogdanov in Moscow

The head of the Democratic Gathering MP Taymour Jumblat held talks Wednesday in Moscow with Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov.

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Jreissati Warns Generator Providers against 'Rebelling against State'

Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati on Wednesday issued a stern warning to neighborhood power generator providers, telling them that authorities would “confiscate” their generators should they stage another cut-off protest.

“We will confront the attempts to bend the state’s arm through the force of the law,” said Jreissati at a joint press conference with caretaker Economy Minister Raed Khoury.

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