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Ferzli Has Suggestion 'Up His Sleeve' to Facilitate Govt. Formation

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Elie Ferzli said on Monday he has a proposal that will likely facilitate the government formation process after more than two months since the designation.

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Report: Hariri-Bassil Expected to Hold Meeting on Govt. this Week

In light of “aggravating” stalemates obstructing the formation of Lebanon’s government, a meeting between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil (Free Patriotic Movement chief) is expected to take place this week to address the issue, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

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Bassil: Can’t Promise You the Future Without a Balanced Govt.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil stressed on Sunday saying “we can’t promise you the future we want if we can’t get a balanced government.”

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Rahi: Parties Have No Right to Further Obstruct Govt. Formation

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stressed on Sunday that political parties “have no right” to further obstruct the formation of the country’s government after over two months since the designation of the prime minister.

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LF MP Says ‘Unfair’ to Blame Party for Govt. Delay

MP Wehbe Katicha of the Strong Republic (of the Lebanese Forces) parliamentary bloc said it is “unfair” to blame the LF for the Cabinet formation delay, stressing the party’s right to get a so-called sovereign portfolio being the “second largest Christian bloc in the parliament.”

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Report: Hariri’s Adviser Reveals ‘Active’ Steps for Refugees’ Return

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s adviser on Russian affairs, Georges Chaaban, revealed some “practical steps” to establish frameworks for the return of displaced Syrians from Lebanon, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

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Jreissati: Repatriated IS Members Fairly Questioned

Caretaker Justice Minister Salim Jreissati announced Saturday that members of the Islamic State group handed over to Lebanon recently are being questioned under the supervision of judicial authorities.

Jreissati's comments came a day after Human Rights Watch said the United States should ensure no foreign IS suspects held by local allies in Syria are transferred to a country where they are at risk of torture or unfair trials.

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Report: Saudi, UAE Press Hariri on LF, PSP Representation

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have called on Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri not to accept a government line-up in which the Lebanese Forces does not get the share it is asking for, a media report said.

The two Gulf powerhouses in addition to Egypt have also asked Hariri to prevent any attempt to “besiege ex-MP Walid Jumblat through the infiltration of Druze representation,” al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Saturday.

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FPM Tells Hariri LF Can Have Foreign Affairs Portfolio

The Free Patriotic Movement has told Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri that it does not mind allocating the foreign affairs ministerial portfolio to the Lebanese Forces in the new government, media reports said.

The LF for its part has informed Hariri that President Michel Aoun and the FPM are not opposed to it getting a 'sovereign' ministerial portfolio, al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Saturday.

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'NAMAZEJ' Advises Citizens, Municipal Police on Mutual Responsibilities

The Lebanon Renaissance Foundation, a charitable and education NGO which operates in various fields, has been promoting the NAMAZEJ initiative, an illustrated handbook listing basic tasks that are not properly addressed by municipal police agents, most of whom are not informed about the extent of their duties.

“Initiated in 2015, NAMAZEJ aims to develop the 'human' factor in public bodies to better serve citizens. It reaches out, as a first step, to public institutions with a high level of interaction with the people, such as the Municipal Police, which has 3,000 agents deployed within 1,000+ municipalities all over Lebanon,” the NGO said in a press release.

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