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Guidanian: Measures Taken to Prevent Exploitation of Gulf Tourists

Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian assured that Lebanon is keen on taking all measures needed to encourage tourists to visit Lebanon, noting that financial "abuse of tourists” will not be tolerated, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Saturday.

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Govt. Wins Confidence Vote as Hariri Says CEDRE Not Aimed at 'Naturalization'

Saad Hariri’s new government won a vote of confidence in parliament on Friday as the premier stressed that the CEDRE economic conference is not a “bribe” for naturalizing Syrian refugees in the country.

111 out of 128 MPs gave the government their confidence. Six lawmakers meanwhile withheld confidence -- Kataeb’s three lawmakers in addition to Osama Saad, Jamil al-Sayyed and Paula Yacoubian.

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Sayyed Clashes with Hariri, Fatfat as Parliament Resumes Policy Statement Debate

MP Jamil al-Sayyed on Friday engaged in a verbal clash with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Sami Fatfat and a number of Mustaqbal MPs and ministers, as the parliament resumed its debate of the new government's Policy Statement.

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Judge Says Abu Diab Not Killed by ISF, Tawhid Party Slams 'Political' Report

Assistant State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki announced Friday that the gunshot that killed Mohammed Abu Diab during the Jahliyeh incidents was not fired by the Internal Security Forces.

In a report wrapping up his investigations, Akiki also filed a lawsuit against persons unknown over the death of Abu Diab, who was one of ex-minister Wiam Wahhab's bodyguards.

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Kataeb, LF Officials Laud Raad Apology over Moussawi Remarks

Officials from the Kataeb Party, the Lebanese Forces and other parties on Friday lauded an apology by MP Mohammed Raad, the head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc, over remarks voiced Wednesday by MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi.

“If apologizing for a mistake is a virtue, acknowledging each other's martyrs is patriotism. From now on, we should not disagree over the truth: Bashir (Gemayel) is the dream of a people and the martyr of the republic,” MP Nadim Gemayel of the Kataeb bloc tweeted.

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Ammar Lauds Hariri's 'Efforts', Says Hizbullah 'Not Fond of Weapons'

MP Ali Ammar of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Friday voiced appreciation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and said that Hizbullah is not “fond of killing and weapons.”

“When I read the government's Policy Statement I felt that it rises to the level of national responsibility in its best form,” Ammar said in parliament during a session to debate the Policy Statement.

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Fadlallah: Ex-PMs May be Held Accountable over Missing Funds

MP Hassan Fadlallah of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Friday announced that “there are manipulated and missing documents” that could land some ex-PMs in jail.

“There is a 2007 grant worth $10 million and its documents are missing according to auditors,” Fadlallah said ahead of a parliamentary session for debating the new government's Policy Statement.

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Raad Apologizes for Moussawi Remarks after FPM-LF-Kataeb Talks

The head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammed Raad, on Friday apologized on behalf of the bloc over remarks voiced Wednesday by MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi.

“An undesired debate erupted between some colleagues in the previous session and entailed rejected remarks that were voiced by one of our brothers in the bloc,” Raad said, describing Moussawi's statements as “a personal reaction that exceeded limits.”

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Berri Praises as ‘Moderate’ Hariri’s February 14 Speech

Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday praised as “moderate” the speech delivered by Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Thursday marking the 14th assassination anniversary of his slain father ex-PM Rafik Hariri.

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Gemayel: Why Doesn’t Hizbullah Hand its Arms to Aoun if It Trusts Him?

Kataeb Party chief Sami Gemayel lashed out at Hizbullah’s "illegal" arms on Friday, and invited the party to hand its weapons to President Michel Aoun after Hizbullah’s remarks that it “got him to be President.”

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