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Report: FPM Drops Street Rallies Pending Hariri's Endeavors on Presidency

The Free Patriotic Movement has postponed the streets rallies that it vowed to kick off after the parliamentary meeting on September 28 dedicated for the election of a president, until al-Mustaqbal Movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri ends his consultations with political parties and the FPM's anticipations that it could bring Aoun to the post of presidency, the pan-Arab al-Hayat daily reported on Thursday.

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Report: Hizbullah and Iran 'Hold all the Cards' to the Presidency

A solution to Lebanon's presidential impasse is not in the hands of al-Mustaqbal Movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri as the latest political activities on the ground are trying to demonstrate, but in the hands of Hizbullah and Iran, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.

An official in the March 14 alliance, said it is unlikely for founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun to become president, and affirmed that the “cards are in the hands of Hizbullah and Iran which is keeping it among its stack of cards in Yemen and Iraq in order to improve its negotiations with the new American administration,” the official told the daily.

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Landmine Wounds Three Farmers near Israel Border

Three Lebanese farmers were wounded Wednesday when a landmine exploded near the border fence that separates south Lebanon from Israel's Metulla area.

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Jumblat Discusses Developments with Hariri at Center House

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat held talks Wednesday evening at the Center House with al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri.

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Mashnouq: Security under Control, Serious Drive to End Vacuum

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq reassured Wednesday that the security situation is “under control,” while noting that there are serious efforts to put an end to the presidential vacuum that has been running since May 2014.

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Berri Reiterates Call for 'Agreement on Several Issues'

Speaker Nabih Berri reiterated Wednesday that “an agreement over several issues is the gateway to reaching a comprehensive solution that begins with the presidency.”

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Berri Adjourns Presidential Vote to Oct. 31 as Franjieh Warns Hariri over Backing Aoun

Speaker Nabih Berri on Wednesday adjourned a presidential election session to October 31 over lack of quorum as Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh warned al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri against endorsing the presidential nomination of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun.

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Hariri Meets Gemayel in Saifi

Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief ex-PM Saad Hariri held a meeting on Wednesday with Kataeb party leader Sami Gemayel at the Kataeb headquarters in al-Saifi.

The visit comes in the framework of consultations that Hariri said will wrap up to address the issue of electing a president after more than two years of vacuum at the top Christian position.

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Chamoun Asks 'Aged' Aoun to Prove Eligibility for Presidency

Member of Parliament Dory Chamoun, alluded to the founder of the Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun without naming him and said that old people are usually requested to submit a health record when they wish to sell a piece of property or apply to governmental positions, let alone if they apply to the post of presidency.

“If somebody wants to sell a piece of property and he is above 80 years of age, he is usually requested to submit a medical certificate stating qualification of carrying out such an operation, let alone if he is a candidate for the presidency,” said Chamoun in a statement he made after a parliament session to elect a president that failed to achieve quorum.

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IS Official in Ain el-Hilweh Turns Himself to Army

An Islamic State official, Hisham Shehab Khodr Qaddour, in the Palestinian refugee camp of Ain el-Hilweh turned himself in on Wednesday to the Army Intelligence, reports said.

LBCI said that Qaddour is the uncle of al-Nusra Front official, Haitham al-Shaabi. It also added that his father is Hisham Qaddour, aka Abu Hurairah, an official with Shaker al-Absi who was killed in north Lebanon.

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