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Jumblat ‘Sponsors’ Reconciliation Ending 2007 Ziads’ Murder Case

Progressive Socialist Party leader, MP Walid Jumblat “sponsored” a reconciliation with Hizbullah party, ending an 11-year conflict over the retaliatory kidnapping and killing case of Ziad Ghandour and Ziad Qabalan, months after Adnan Shamas (Hizbullah supporter) was killed, the National News Agency reported.

Jumblat had met Sunday evening with Hizbullah Coordination and Liaison Officer Wafiq Safa, AMAL security official Ahmed Baalbaki in the presence of MP Ghazi Aridi, said NNA.

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Electoral Supervisory Committee Says ‘No Power over Political Candidates’

The Electoral Supervisory Committee acknowledged on Monday that the powers entrusted to it do not include powers over candidates from the political class.

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Report: Heated Electioneering, Disturbances as Lebanon Gears for Elections

Parliament hopefuls, political parties and state figures running in the country’s upcoming general elections have “rallied capabilities and means” for their electoral campaigns, amid complaints some are reportedly “exploiting” the government's resources and “harnessing” some of the security and administrative services, al-Joumhouria daily reported Monday.

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Report: Lebanese Ambassador ‘Urges French Condemnation’ of Syria Strikes

Lebanese ambassador to France, Rami Adwan, has reportedly “met with French Socialist Party member, Boris Fallu,” asking him to “launch a campaign against the Western strikes on Syria,” in which France participated, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.

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Anti-Hizbullah Candidate Ali al-Amin Assaulted in His Hometown

Anti-Hizbullah journalist and parliamentary candidate Ali al-Amin was physically assaulted Sunday in his southern hometown Shaqra at the hands of Hizbullah supporters.

“I'm besieged in the town of Shaqra. I have been attacked by more than 30 young men who belong to Hizbullah. My tooth is broken from the beating and I suffered punches and kicks to my body. They used all types of physical assault against me,” al-Amin said in a video posted online, describing the assailants as a “group of thugs.”

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Gemayel Sees in Elections 'Chance to Rectify Country's Course'

Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel on Sunday stressed that there is a “chance rectify the country's course” through the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“We have a chance in the elections to rectify the country's course,” Gemayel said during an electoral tour in Mount Lebanon.

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Qatar Emir Meets al-Rahi, Says 'Looking Forward' to Visiting Lebanon

Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani held talks Sunday in Doha with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi and said he is “looking forward to visiting Lebanon,” Lebanese TV networks said.

Stressing the importance of al-Rahi's visit to Qatar, where he laid the cornerstone for the Saint Charbel Church, Sheikh Tamim said he is “looking forward to visiting Lebanon in the near future.”

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Hizbullah Likely to Win Shiite Seat in Keserwan-Jbeil

Hizbullah is currently seeking to secure the electoral threshold needed for the win of its Shiite candidate Hussein Zoaiter in Jbeil, a media report published Sunday said.

“This electoral threshold is at around 14,000 votes,” sources informed on the electoral campaigns told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper.

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Hariri Tours Bekaa Region as Elections Loom

Prime Minister Saad Hariri started his electoral Bekaa tour by visiting al-Azhar of Bekaa in Majdel Anjar, where he was received by Mufti of Zahle and Bekaa Sheikh Khalil al-Mais, Mufti of Baalbek Sheikh Khaled Solh, dignitaries and students from Azhar, Hariri’s media office said Saturday.

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Lebanese Red Cross Worker Killed in Southern Yemen

Lebanese Red Cross employee, Hanna Lahhoud, was killed in an armed attack on an ICRC group in Yemen’s Taez, VDL (100.5) said Saturday.

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