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Aoun: I Won't Advocate Any Law Other than Orthodox Proposal

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun criticized on Saturday sides claiming that the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft law is unconstitutional.

He told al-Mada radio: “I will not advocate any law other than the Orthodox Gathering proposal.”

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Security Sources Advise Hariri Not to Return to Lebanon, Expect Syria Crisis to Spill Over to Country

Obstacles are blocking attempts by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri to return to Lebanon, media reports said on Saturday, as the situation in the neighboring country Syria is expected to have a “strong” impact on Lebanon which may prompt the postponement of the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Hariri is receiving advises from local, regional and international security agencies not to return to Lebanon,” al-Joumhouria newspaper reported.

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First Power-Generating Ship Arrives in Lebanese Waters, but Cannot Dock due to Logistic Problems

The first of two power-generating vessels arrived in Lebanon on Saturday a week after it set sail to Lebanon.

The “Fatmagul Sultan” arrived in Lebanon's regional waters, but it failed to dock in Beirut Port due to “logistic problems,” reported the National News Agency.

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Bahrain Minister Describes Hizbullah as 'Militia,' Accuses it of 'Terrorism'

Bahrain's Information Minister Samira Rajab accused Hizbullah on Saturday of “extremism” and "terrorism," describing it as a “terrorist militia.”

“Hizbullah is clearly present in Manama,” the minister said in comments published in the Saudi al-Watan newspaper.

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Charbel to Sign Civil Marriage License despite his Opposition to it

Interior Minister Marwan Charbel will sign a civil marriage license that has been referred to him in an administrative procedure, despite the lack of a law that legalizes these forms of unions in Lebanon, reported al-Liwaa newspaper Saturday.

He told the daily that he “does not advocate” civil marriage in line with the Maronite Patriarchate and other religious authorities' positions.

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SCC Fearful of Miqati's 'Traps' as Strike to Go ahead on Tuesday

The Syndicate Coordination Committee voiced its skepticism of Prime Minister Najib Miqati's decision to hold a cabinet session on Monday ahead of the strike it had scheduled for Tuesday.

It labeled as a “trap” his decision to hold a cabinet meeting, aimed at addressing the new wage scale, on Monday.

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Higher Islamic Council Calls for Electing New Members in 'One Phase'

The Higher Islamic Council called on Saturday for providing the “appropriate” conditions to elect the new members of the council and the vacant posts in Dar al-Fatwa in “one phase,” urging Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani to abide by regulations.

The council demanded Qabbani to chair the upcoming meeting, stressing on the unity of Dar al-Fatwa and the importance of Qabbani to “realize” the role he plays.

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Paris May Label Hizbullah as Terrorist Group in Light of Findings of Burgas Attack Investigation

France does not rule out the possibility of labeling Hizbullah as a terrorist organization in light of Bulgaria's accusation against it of being involved in the 2012 Burgas bus attack, reported An Nahar daily Saturday.

French Foreign Ministry Spokesman Philippe Lalliot said that the European Union may discuss this issue should one of the EU ministers make such a proposal, said the daily.

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Saudi Daily Apologizes over al-Rahi Caricature

The Saudi al-Watan daily apologized on Friday for a caricature it published of Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi in light of his visit to Syria on February 9 and 10.

It said that it did not mean to insult a religious figure, but it only expressed an opinion over his trip to Syria.

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Suleiman Maintains Rejection of Orthodox Law as Berri Doesn't Rule out Tackling it at Joint Committees

Speaker Nabih Berri revealed that the joint parliamentary committees will tackle the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft law proposal should the electoral subcommittee fail to reach an agreement over the hybrid law, reported the daily An Nahar Saturday.

Berri told the daily that he is awaiting the final decision of the subcommittee, which is set to meet twice for the final time on Saturday, over the hybrid law.

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