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Report: Berri ‘Forbids’ Obstructing Legislative Session Next Week

In light of the governmental gridlock all eyes turn to the legislative session that Speaker Nabih Berri has called for next week, amid concerns of a "lack of quorum or boycott," al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Hammoud: 19 Generator Owners Vow to Install Meters, Avoid Cutoffs

State Prosecutor Judge Samir Hammoud announced Friday that “the Central Criminal Investigations Department interrogated today 19 generator owners who pledged not to withhold power feed from citizens and to commit to installing meters within 15 days in line with the economy minister’s decree.”

The prosecutor ordered the release of the nineteen providers pending further investigations, obliging the owners to obtain memos from the economy ministry to confirm that they have complied with the decree, the National News Agency said.

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'Independent Sunni MPs' Meet Aoun, Insist on Govt. Seat for One of Them

The Consultative Sunni Gathering, a recently-formed grouping of six pro-Hizbullah MPs, held talks Friday with President Michel Aoun in Baabda to press for their representation in the new government.

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Aoun Meets Kardel, Slams Israeli Missile Sites Claims

President Michel Aoun welcomed on Friday the Acting UN special coordinator for Lebanon, Pernille Dahler Kardel, where he stressed that “Israeli allegations on missile sites in Lebanon are baseless,” the National News Agency reported.

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Jumblat: Iran Hampering Govt. Formation, Assad Seeks to Revenge on Lebanon

Progressive Socialist Party leader, former MP Walid Jumblat held Hizbullah and Iran responsible for the government formation delay by “inventing” the so-called Sunni obstacle,” as he refused all means to naturalize ties with the Syrian regime which he said “seeks revenge against its opponents in Lebanon.”

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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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