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Nissan Chief Ghosn Arrested over Financial Misconduct

Nissan chairman Carlos Ghosn faces being fired this week after being arrested in Japan over allegations of financial misconduct, the firm said Monday, in a stunning fall from grace for one of the world's best-known businessmen -- who is of Lebanese descent, was born in Brazil and holds a French citizenship.

Ghosn's arrest and his likely dismissal from Nissan, as well as possibly from Mitsubishi and Renault, sent shockwaves through the auto industry, where he is a towering figure, credited with turning around several major manufacturers.

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Grand Mufti Voices Support for Hariri

Grand Mufti of the Republic Abdul Latif Deryan stressed support for Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and his continued endeavors for around six months now to form a new government, voicing optimism that a “near solution will be reached.”

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Mustaqbal MP Says Solution to Sunni Hurdle in ‘Court of Other Team’

Brushing off all claims that easing the pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs hurdle lies with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, al-Mustaqbal Movement MP Ammar Houri said on Monday the PM has given all he can to ease the formation of the government and “the ball is in the court of the other team.”

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Geagea: Sunni Representation Issue 'Invented', Govt. Formation Hinges on Iran Decision

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea has described as “invented” the obstacle over the representation of pro-Hizbullah Sunni MPs in the new government, noting that Iran is actually behind delaying the cabinet.

“The issue of representing March 8's Sunnis is invented and that can be demonstrated by reviewing the video of the parliamentary consultations, when each MP of them arrived with his real bloc. The question today is why they did not attend the consultations as a unified bloc?” Geagea said.

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Bassil Urges Everyone to 'Put Lebanon's Interest First'

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil on Sunday urged all parties to “put Lebanon's interest first.”

“The government is not linked to any foreign factors,” Bassil said during an FPM ceremony.

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Alain Aoun: Hariri Must Admit March 8 Has Right to Get Additional Minister

MP Alain Aoun of the Strong Lebanon bloc has called for resolving the current government deadlock through a solution based on having “no victors and no losers.”

“The obstacle today is that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri must admit that the representation of the March 8 camp has grown bigger and that it has the right to get an additional minister. The (March 8) camp must also contribute to the solution by naming a minister who would represent a solution to the crisis. If this theory is not implemented, we will stay where we are,” Aoun warned in a TV interview.

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Aoun, Hariri May End Maronite-Sunni Seat Swap as Solution to Crisis

The political parties are mulling a swap of Maronite and Sunnis seats between President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri as an exit from the government formation deadlock, media reports said.

Under the proposal, Aoun would give up the Sunni seat in his share in return for Hariri's giving up of the Maronite seat that is part of his share, informed sources told Kuwait al-Anbaa newspaper in remarks published Sunday.

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Aoun Yet to Accept Naming Consensus Sunni Minister from His Share

President Michel Aoun has not yet accepted the possibility of naming a consensus Sunni minister from his own share as a solution to the gridlock preventing the formation of the new government, media report said.

“This has not happened yet and any indications on President Aoun and Minister (Jebran) Bassil's approval have not yet emerged,” An Nahar newspaper reported on Sunday.

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Hariri: Future Government to Include CEDRE Reforms, Projects in Ministerial Statement

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said the solution for the formation of the government does not lie with him but with the others. He pointed out that his main goal is to develop the country, adding “we have a golden opportunity to develop Lebanon, especially after the CEDRE conference,” Hariri’s media office said in a statement on Saturday.

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Shepherd Escapes Israeli Kidnap Attempt in Eastern Shebaa

Israeli forces have tried on Saturday to kidnap a shepherd from the neighborhood of ​​Jabal al-Sadana in the Shebaa town who managed to escape the attempt, LBCI TV station said on Twitter.

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