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Mashnouq: Polls under 1960 Law in September if No Agreement on New Law

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq announced Wednesday that the parliamentary elections will be held in September under the controversial 1960 electoral law should the parties fail to reach an agreement on a new law.

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Hariri: Lebanon's Stance at Riyadh Summit Stems from Oath of Office, Ministerial Statement

Prime Minister Saad Hariri emphasized on Wednesday that Lebanon's position during the Riyadh summit stems from President Michel Aoun's oath of office and the ministerial statement of the government.

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Stances Interact after Riyadh Summit, Cabinet Renews BDL Governor Term

President Michel Aoun chaired an ordinary cabinet meeting at the Presidential Palace in Baabda that tackled agenda items, the outcomes that emerged after the Riyadh summit and renewed the term of the Central Bank governor.

Aoun chaired the meeting in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the ministers, NNA said.

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Gen. Joseph Aoun Hails Army's Efforts, Determined to Bring Kidnapped Soldiers Home

Army Commander General Jospeh Aoun hailed the army's relentless efforts to confront terrorism and the Israeli army, vowing determination to unveil the fate of the soldiers abducted in 2014.

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Hamadeh Says Aoun Should Have Signed Election Decree

Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said if President Michel Aoun had signed the decrees inviting voters for the elections in line with the constitutional deadlines, he would have saved the country from risks of delayed elections, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Wednesday.

“If President Michel Aoun had signed the draft decrees submitted by Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq and calling the electoral bodies to stage elections on their constitutional dates, he would have saved the country from danger,” Hamadeh told the daily in an interview.

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Syrian Arrested for 'Communicating with IS'

Lebanese authorities on Tuesday arrested a Syrian man on suspicion of “communicating with the terrorist Islamic State group,” state-run National News Agency reported.

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Mustaqbal Urges Hizbullah to Take 'Brave Decision' of Withdrawing from Syria

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc on Tuesday reiterated its call for Hizbullah to withdraw its fighters from war-torn Syria.

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Ethiopian Maid Critically Wounds Pregnant Woman, Kills Unborn Child

An Ethiopian domestic worker on Tuesday stabbed her pregnant 27-year-old employer Isaaf Khashfeh in the Chouf town of Barja, leaving her critically wounded and killing her unborn child.

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Bassil Says FPM Blocked Extension, Won't Accept 'Bad' Electoral Law

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil boasted Tuesday that the FPM has “managed to prevent” another extension of parliament's term and another return to the 1960 electoral law, while stressing that his movement will not accept a “bad” electoral law.

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Aoun Hints at Elections Under 1960 Law to Avoid Vacuum

President Michel Aoun hinted on Tuesday that he would call for staging the parliamentary elections under the 1960 law to avoid vacuum at the legislative authority.

“I don't want the 1960 law, but if we fail to reach a solution am I allowed to leave the Republic in vacuum?” Aoun asked addressing a Press Club delegation at the Presidential Palace.

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