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Report: Berri Refuses to Meet Hariri, Won't Facilitate Government Formation under Aoun

Speaker Nabih Berri has refused to receive al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri after knowing that the ex-PM plans to brief the Speaker on his intention to nominate MP Michel Aoun for the post of the presidency, al-Akhbar daily reported on Wednesday.

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Berri Slams Accusing Aoun and Hariri of Seeking to 'Topple Shiism'

Berri denied reports that quoted him as accusing the al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri and MP Michel Aoun of seeking to “topple Shiism,” and described the reports as “inciting,” An Nahar Daily reported on Wednesday.

“All the news and talks that AMAL and the Liberation and Development bloc mentioned something about a Maronite-Sunni bilateral power-sharing of the 1943 are unfounded. This rhetoric is inciting and I categorically deny it,” Berri told the daily.

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Aoun Bloc Says AMAL Remarks on War, Sunni-Christian Deal 'Unacceptable'

The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc on Tuesday dismissed accusations from Speaker Nabih Berri's AMAL Movement about an alleged “Sunni-Christian” deal as an attempt to “blackmail” the supporters of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun's presidential bid.

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Hariri Meets Aides of Franjieh, Jumblat, Berri as PSP Delegation Visits Speaker

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri held separate talks Tuesday at the Center House with representatives of Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and Speaker Nabih Berri.

Hariri's talks with Health Minister Wael Abou Faour, who is close to Jumblat, tackled “the current developments in the country,” Hariri's press office said in a statement.

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Jumblat: Democratic Gathering Not a 'Flock of Sheep'

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed Tuesday that the members of his Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc are not “sheep.”

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Khalil Says Berri's Bloc to 'Vote against Aoun', AMAL to 'Join Opposition'

Speaker Nabih Berri's aide and Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil confirmed Tuesday that Berri's Development and Liberation bloc would “vote against” Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun in any presidential election session.

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Members of Parliament Bureau, Committees Reelected as Fadel's Resignation Accepted

The parliament on Tuesday renewed the terms of the members of the Parliament Bureau and the parliamentary committees as it accepted the resignation of Tripoli MP Robert Fadel.

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Berri Calls Wednesday Legislative Session amid LF Reservations

Speaker Nabih Berri on Tuesday scheduled a legislative session for Wednesday amid reservations by the Lebanese Forces over the issue of the electoral law.

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Army Arrests Senior Nusra Official in Arsal

The army on Tuesday arrested a senior official of the jihadist al-Nusra Front group in an ambush in the eastern border town of Arsal, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Mashnouq Reiterates President to be Elected before Year's End

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq reiterated Tuesday that a new president will be elected before the end of 2016, stressing that al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri is the one who would declare the name of Mustaqbal's presidential candidate in the name of the Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc.

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