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Qassem: State Must Address Collaborators Issue, Balance of Power Only Allows Consensual President

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem reminded Monday that his party had left the issue of Israeli collaborators for the Lebanese state to address, noting that the current “balance of power” in the country does not allow the election of a new president without consensus among the rival parties.

“The resistance has acted honorably during all junctures, including during the liberation when we did not harass anyone and left the issue of collaborators for the Lebanese state to address according to its laws, without any intervention from our side,” Qassem said during a Hizbullah ceremony.

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Kataeb Rejects Replacing Presidential Vote with Parliamentary Elections

The Kataeb Party on Monday rejected suggestions to resort to parliamentary elections as an exit out of the ongoing presidential vacuum crisis.

“We refuse to give up on the possibility of holding the presidential elections or to resort to parliamentary elections as a substitute,” said a statement issued after the weekly meeting of the party's political bureau.

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Syria Conflict Costs Lebanon $7.5 Bln

The conflict in Syria has cost Lebanon $7.5 billion as it struggles to cope with hosting more than a million refugees from the neighboring country, according to World Bank chief Jim Yong Kim.

"We estimated last summer that the impact of the crisis on Lebanon was $7.5 billion," Kim said late on Sunday in the Saudi city of Jeddah, which he visited in the first stop of a regional tour.

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Geagea Slams 'Campaigns' against al-Rahi, Says They 'Harm Coexistence'

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea on Monday condemned what he described as the "insolent campaigns" that are targeting Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi over his controversial visit to the Holy Land and Israel, saying he will maintain contacts with Bkirki in a bid to put an end to the ongoing presidential vacuum.

According to a statement issued by his press office, Geagea telephoned al-Rahi, expressing his “strong condemnation of the campaigns that are targeting His Eminence” and describing them as “insolent campaigns that breach all Lebanese norms and traditions.”

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Jumblat: Impact of Regional Disputes on Christians Made al-Rahi's Trip to Jerusalem Inevitable

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat defended on Monday Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi's recent trip to the Holy Land, questioning the uproar created over the visit and the failure of the majority of the parties to defend him.

He said in his weekly editorial to the PSP-affiliated al-Anbaa website: “Al-Rahi's trip was inevitable given the negative repercussions the security and political developments in Palestine, Syria, and Iraq are having on the region's Christian population.”

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Jumblat Denies Traveling to Paris to Meet Hariri

Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat denied on Monday the various media reports that said he will meet with Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri in France.

He said that he “is still in Beirut and an announcement of a meeting with the former premier will be made when the time comes.”

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Abra Detainees Go on Hunger Strike in Jezzine Prison

Suspects held following the clashes that took place near the southern city of Sidon last year went on hunger strike in Jezzine prison to protest the delay in holding their trials, the state-run National News Agency reported Monday.

NNA said the suspects kicked off their hunger strike on Monday morning over the procrastination of the authorities to take them to trial.

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Syrian Babies 'Born Refugees' in Lebanon

Young mothers who fled Syria's war for dismal refugee camps in Lebanon struggle to imagine a future for their babies, even though they find their newborns a rare source of joy.

"My baby was born a refugee, and he faces a really tough future here," said Umm Khaled, nursing a newborn baby in a clinic run by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) at the border town of Arsal.

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Lebanon Could See Additional Power Rationing Hours

Lebanon seems to be looking at additional power rationing hours in the looming summer as the result of the Electricite du Liban's fiscal deficit, and the inability of the Finance Ministry and the Energy Ministry to solve the differences that have been lingering on for long.

Power rationing hours could be upped to as long as 10 hours per day including administrative Beirut, a letter sent by EDL to the Energy ministry said on Monday.

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Education Minister Postpones Official Exams for 5 Days over Wage Scale Row

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab announced on Monday that official exams would be postponed for five days pending a solution with the public sector employees and teachers who have threatened to boycott the exams over the failure of the parliament to approve a controversial pay hike.

During a press conference he held at his office following talks with representatives from the Syndicate Coordination Committee, Bou Saab said the Brevet exams that were scheduled to be held next Saturday will be postponed to June 12.

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