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Bassil Slams Attempts to Hinder Electricity Project as Ministers Discuss ‘Technical Issues’

Energy Minister Jebran Bassil has accused cabinet members of “putting sticks in the wheels” of the electricity project proposed by his father-in-law Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun.

“Rather than putting sticks in the wheels of this project, we would have wished that they came to us to speed up its implementation,” Bassil told As Safir daily in remarks published Tuesday.

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Jumblat Rejects Electricity Dispute as Hizbullah, Amal Mediate to Bridge Differences

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat has reiterated that his insistence to form a technical committee to oversee the spending of $1.2 billion on an electricity project has no political motive.

In remarks to As Safir daily published Tuesday, Jumblat said: “The electricity issue is not at all political. It is purely a technical and legal issue.”

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Migrants Group Evacuates 850, including Lebanese, from Tripoli

The International Organization for Migration said Monday that it has evacuated 850 more stranded foreign workers, including Lebanese, from the Libyan capital Tripoli aboard a chartered ferry.

The Geneva-based organization said the foreigners include women and children and are headed to the eastern port city of Benghazi, from where they will be taken to Egypt and then to their home countries.

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Hariri Expresses 'Full Solidarity' with Syrian People

Former prime minister Saad Hariri on Monday extended his greetings to the Syrian people on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, expressing his “full solidarity” with the Syrians in the face of their regime’s violent crackdown on the protest movement.

Hariri also extended Eid al-Fitr greetings to “the Lebanese people in general and the Muslims in particular.”

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Phalange: Govt. Distracting People with its Disputes instead of Tackling Citizens’ Concerns

The Phalange Party criticized on Monday the government’s performance, saying that the officials are acting as if the country does not have its daily challenges and problems.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting: “The officials are on an unjustified political holiday, cabinet sessions are pointless, parliament has been obstructed, and vacuum has taken over the administrations.”

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Loyalty to Resistance: Attacking Army Serves Enemy Interests

The Loyalty to the Resistance bloc condemned on Monday the statements that were recently issued against the Lebanese army, warning that such attacks may serve the goals of Lebanon’s enemies.

It said in a statement after its weekly meeting headed by MP Mohammed Raad: “The attack is part of a suspicious agenda that has been, for a while, seeking to bind Lebanon’s equation of strength.”

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Aoun: Targeting Army is an Attack against the Nation

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun slammed on Monday campaigns against the Lebanese army, saying that attacking it is an assault against the country.

He said after the Change and Reform bloc’s weekly meeting: “Parliament should assume its responsibilities because one of its members crossed his limits when he targeted the army.”

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Dozens of Syrian Refugees Flee into Akroum, Wadi Khaled

Dozens of Syrian refugees, including one suffering gunshot wounds, poured into northern Lebanon on Monday, as shooting was heard and smoke billowed across the border.

"Some 12 families have crossed into Lebanon from the border town of Hitt," said Mohammed al-Khatib, a van driver who had been transferring the refugees from the crossing into the northern Lebanese areas of Akroum and Wadi Khaled.

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Jumblat on Occasion of Eid al-Fitr Salutes Hizbullah, Arab Spring Martyrs

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat congratulated on Monday all officials, clergymen, and citizens on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr.

On this note, he saluted the families of resistance fighters whose sons were martyred in the July 2006 war.

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Miqati: Army is above Political Disputes

Prime Minister Najib Miqati commended on Monday the army for its efforts in maintaining security in Lebanon, stressing that all sides should protect the army and security forces from any meddling.

He said after holding talks with Army Commander General Jean Qahwaji: “The military institution is above the political disputes and everyone should address it based on that position.”

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