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Rifi Extends his Hand to Hariri: We Reject Control of Syrian Regime Allies of Tripoli Municipality

Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi stressed on Monday that his “hand is extended to all sides” in wake of his list's victory in the municipal polls in the northern city of Tripoli, reiterating his commitment to the values of the March 14 coalition.

He said during a press conference: “We voiced our rejection of the control of one political party of Tripoli and the control of the Syrian regime allies of the city's municipality.”

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Hariri: Tripoli Deserves our Support Regardless of the Circumstances

Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri congratulated on Monday the winners in the North municipal elections and stressed the need for efforts to be put together for the benefit of Tripoli.

“I urge everyone to work for the city's interest. We reiterate our respect for the democratic will of the people of Tripoli who chose their new municipal council,” said Hariri via Twitter.

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Jumblat Says Major Powers Did not Unite in Tripoli's Municipal Polls

Democratic Gathering bloc MP Walid Jumblat commented on the initial victory of resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi in the municipal elections in the northern city of Tripoli and said that the lists that faced him in the polls were unsuccessful.

“It seems that the Titanic (in reference to a list backed by the Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri, former Prime Minister Najib Miqati, and former ministers Faisal Karami and Mohammed al-Safadi) that carried strongmen from Baysour and Kfar Matta has arrived in Tripoli to drown there,” said Jumblat via Twitter.

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Initial Results of Municipal Polls Show Landslide Victory for Rifi in Tripoli

The fourth and final round of Lebanon's municipal polls concluded in the governorates of the North and Akkar on Sunday, with a landslide victory registered in the city of Tripoli by a list backed by resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi that garnered 18 seats according to preliminary reports Monday.

Rifi's list faced three others. The first described by reports as the "wide coalition" is backed by Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri, former Prime Minister Najib Miqati, and former ministers Faisal Karami and Mohammed al-Safadi.

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Child Rescued after Father Tries to Drown Him in Sea

A Syrian child was rescued after his father tried to drown him in the sea off Tripoli's el-Mina area, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Israel Thanks Russia for Returning Tank from 1982 Lebanon Invasion

Israel's prime minister has thanked the Russian president for agreeing to return a tank from a battle in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon from which three Israeli soldiers are still missing in action.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement Sunday thanking Russian President Vladimir Putin. It says that after the war Syria delivered the tank to the Russian army and it later ended up in a Moscow museum.

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Harb Faces LF-FPM in Tannourine as Hbeish Hopes Qoubaiyat Municipal Battle Will Avoid Politics

Heated electoral battles are expected in the Batroun region of Tannourine and the Akkar town of Qoubaiyat in the municipal polls and alliances by the Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement strive to shake off competition from local figures.

In Tannourine, the LF-FPM list faces competition from Telecommunications Minister Butros Harb

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Early Vote Results: Harb Wins Tannourine, Tripoli Coalition List Leads by Landslide amid Close Race in Qoubaiyat

The fourth and final stage of the municipal elections was held on Sunday in the North and Akkar.

The Interior Ministry said that 5,976 candidates ran for seats in 273 municipal councils and 1,553 candidates competed for 740 mayoral seats.

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Rifi: I Will Confront Anyone who Wants to Divide Tripoli According to their Agenda

Resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi declared on Sunday that “no one” can impose his will on the northern city of Tripoli.

He said after casting his vote in the municipal elections in the city: “I will confront any side that seeks to divide Tripoli according to its agenda.”

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Franjieh Tells Hariri he Has 'No Problem with him Voting for Aoun as President'

Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh held talks overnight with Mustaqbal Movement leader MP Saad Hariri on the latest developments in Lebanon, most notably the presidential vacuum.

Franjieh revealed to reporters on Sunday that he had told Hariri that he “has no problem” with the Mustaqbal chief voting for Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun as president.

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