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Rifi, Miqati and Harb Slam Hariri's Endorsement of Aoun

Ex-PM Najib Miqati, resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and Telecom Minister Butros Harb on Thursday hit out at ex-PM Saad Hariri's official endorsement of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun for the presidency.

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Berri after Meeting Aoun: Disagreement Does Not Spoil Friendship

Speaker Nabih Berri announced Thursday after talks with Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun that “disagreement” over the latter's presidential nomination will not lead to animosity between the two leaders.

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Aoun: There are No Bilateral Agreements and No One Will be Excluded

Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun reassured Thursday that there will be no “bilateral, tripartite or four-party agreements” and that “no one will be excluded” should he be elected president, shortly after his nomination was formally endorsed by ex-PM Saad Hariri.

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U.S., Saudi Arabia Blacklist Hizbullah 'Members, Financiers'

The United States and Saudi Arabia Thursday imposed sanctions on alleged Hizbullah members and financial backers, accusing them of funneling money to the Lebanese, Iran-backed group or engaging in “terrorism.”

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Michel Aoun: Former General Dreaming of Presidency

Free Patriotic Movement founder and ex-army chief Michel Aoun, who once waged a "war of liberation" against Syrian forces but later allied with pro-Damascus Hizbullah, seems to be poised to achieve his long-cherished dream of becoming Lebanon's president.

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Saniora, Fatfat, Houri, Makari Say 'Won't Vote for Aoun'

Head of al-Mustaqbal bloc ex-PM Fouad Saniora, Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and Mustaqbal MPs Ahmed Fatfat and Ammar Houri announced Thursday that they would not vote for Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun in any presidential election session, shortly after Aoun was formally endorsed by al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri.

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Hariri Formally Endorses Aoun, Says Decision a 'Major Political Risk' that He's Willing to Take

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri formally endorsed Thursday the presidential nomination of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun, describing his decision as a “major political risk” that he is willing to take for the sake of the country.

“Based on the points of agreement that we have reached, I announce today before you my decision to endorse the nomination of General Michel Aoun for the presidency of the republic,” said Hariri in a speech at the Center House -- his downtown Beirut residence.

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Hizbullah Bloc Says Agreements Necessary 'Before and After Presidential Vote'

Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance bloc stressed Thursday that “mutual agreements” among the country's political forces are “necessary before and after the presidential vote.”

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Aoun and Jumblat Agree to 'Meet Soon'

Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun on Thursday held phone talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, only hours before an expected declaration by ex-PM Saad Hariri about endorsing Aoun for the presidency.

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Salam Chairs Cabinet Meeting, Presidential File Dominates Talks

Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a cabinet session on Thursday at the Grand Serial to tackle several issues, as the presidential file dominates the ministers' talks, the state-run National News Agency reported.

Before the meeting began, Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb commended the stances of PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat as for the presidential elections, he said: “Jumblat's stances are always the clearest. We will take a stance as for the presidential file after the meeting of the Democratic Gathering bloc on Saturday.”

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