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Berri Rejects Reallocation of Some Seats if Polls are to be Held under 1960 Law

Speaker Nabih Berri has stressed that the upcoming legislative session will be held on May 15, noting that the political forces have been given a chance to agree on a new electoral law and avoid “vacuum.”

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5 Arrested after Army Patrol Shot at in Dar al-Wasaa

An army patrol came under gunfire Tuesday in the Baalbek district town of Dar al-Wasaa, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Fateh al-Sham Militant Killed while Preparing Bomb in Arsal Outskirts

An explosion rocked an area on the peripheries of the eastern border town of Arsal on Tuesday, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Two IS Militants with Ties to Senior Group Leaders Arrested

The Internal Security Forces on Tuesday announced the arrest of two Lebanese men who had formed a cell linked to the terrorist Islamic State group.

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Bassil Rejects 1960 Electoral Law and Extension, Slams 'Two-Faced Rhetoric'

Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil on Tuesday rejected the proposed re-endorsement of the 1960 electoral law, describing it as a veiled extension of parliament's term, as he accused some political parties of having a “two-faced rhetoric” on the electoral law.

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Bodies of Christian Syrians Found in Arsal Outskirts Repatriated

The bodies of five Christian Syrians discovered in the outskirts of the eastern Lebanese border town of Arsal were handed over Tuesday to Damascus, General Security said.

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Aoun Reiterates Rejection for Extension, Vacuum

President Michel Aoun said on Tuesday the Lebanese must adhere to their right to choose their representatives at the parliament, otherwise Lebanon would become a “totalitarian regime,” the National News Agency reported.

“We will be in a totalitarian regime shall the Lebanese relinquish their right in electing lawmakers at the parliament,” said Aoun, addressing a delegation from the Administrative Decentralization Committee led by Lawyer Antonio al-Hashem.

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NSSF Employees Protest State Budget

The National Social Security Fund employees held a sit-in on Tuesday in Riad al-Solh Square in Beirut, protesting two articles in the recently approved state budget which they say destabilizes the monetary resources of the institution.

The workers protest was held under the title of “Protecting the NSSF” and coincided with a meeting of the Parliamentary Budget and Finance Committee.

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Report: Hizbullah Rejects PSP Law Format, Four-Party Meeting over Electoral Law Fails

An extended four-party meeting held at the Center House Sunday evening failed to record a breakthrough agreement on a new electoral law for Lebanon's parliamentary polls, as Hizbullah party “mourned” a law format suggested by the Progressive Socialist Party, media reports said on Tuesday.

“The meeting was held in the presence of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil, Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil, Hizbullah secretary-general's political aide Hussein Khalil and Hariri's chief of staff Nader Hariri,” al-Joumhouria daily reported.

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Jumblat Defends PSP Law Format, Says Other Drafts Harm Unity

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat defended on Tuesday a draft for an electoral law suggested by his party over the weekend, lashing out at a format of the so-called qualification system which he said harms national unity.

“If the PSP's format is considered a waste of time, then the sectarian qualification format harms national unity and al-Mustaqbal Movement,” said Jumblat on his Twitter page.

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