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Jumblat Says Coordination with Hizbullah Uninterrupted after Wahhab Incident

Coordination between the Progressive Socialist Party and Hizbullah was not interrupted after the Jahliyeh incident, PSP leader ex-MP Walid Jumblat announced on Monday.

“To comrades and supporters: as usual, there is a series of bizarre and seditious rumors. I clarify that coordination with Hizbullah as going on as usual, despite the divergence in the viewpoints on some issues,” Jumblat tweeted.

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Mashnouq Details His Syria Visits after Wahhab's Remarks

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq on Monday revealed details about his visits to Syria between 2005 and 2011, after ex-minister Wiam Wahhab suggested that Mashnouq had enjoyed warm ties with Syrian officials.

“Aggrieved, exiled and oppressed, I left Lebanon because of my stance on the Syrian intelligence apparatus during the peak of the period when talking to the Syrians was easy, required and a criterion for patriotism,” Mashnouq said in a statement, reminiscing his pre-politics days as a journalist.

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Hizbullah Slams Jahliyeh Raid, Calls for Stability

A Hizbullah delegation on Monday offered condolences in the Chouf town of Jahliyeh over the death of ex-minister Wiam Wahhab’s bodyguard Mohammed Bou Diab.

Bou Diab died of his wounds after being injured in a confrontation between Wahhab’s supporters and an elite force from the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch. The force was seeking to arrest Wahhab or notify him of the need to appear before the Branch for interrogation.

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Mashnouq Meets Hariri after Wahhab's 'Revelations'

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq held talks Monday at the Center House with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.

In a statement, Mashnouq had earlier stressed that Hariri “will not back down from his constitutional steadfastness in the cabinet formation process and will not step down from his mission, even if the level of pressures ‘reaches the peaks of mountains.’”

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Consultative Gathering ‘Not Taking Advantage’ of Jahliyeh Incident, Mrad Says

Pro-Hizbullah Sunni MP Abdul Rahim Mrad of the Consultative Gathering on Monday said he “is not” taking advantage of the recent Jahliyeh incident for the sake of being represented in the new government.

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Mashnouq: Lebanon Won’t be Dragged into Sedition, Hariri Won’t Back Down

Caretaker Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq stressed that Lebanon will not be dragged into sedition, ensuring the State’s adherence to its duties and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s firm positions.

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Fire Razes 50 Refugees' Tents, Kills Two Syrians in Baalbek

Fire has swept through the tents of Syrian refugees in the northeastern town of al-Yammouneh at dawn leaving two killed and several others wounded, the National News Agency reported on Monday.

Two Syrian refugees identified by their initials as Aa.M. and W.Aa were killed after the fire razed through around 50 resettlement tents, said NNA.

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Report: 32-Seat Govt. Proposal ‘Has Not Been Turned Down’

A suggestion reportedly made by Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil to expand the number of ministerial seats in the new government from 30 to 32, “has not been turned down” by any political party, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

Quoting sources of the Free Patriotic Movement of Bassil who told the daily that “the political parties have requested some time to study the proposal,” noting that no rejections were voiced by any.

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Arslan 'Congratulates' ISF, Jumblat on 'Shameful' Raid

Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan on Sunday slammed the Internal Security Forces Intelligence Branch and Druze leader Walid Jumblat over Saturday’s confrontation in the Chouf town of Jahliyeh.

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Al-Rahi Says Unacceptable to Return to 'Armed Chaos'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi warned Sunday that it is unacceptable to take the country back to the chapters of “armed chaos,” in the wake of the latest security incidents in the Chouf region.

“It is unacceptable to witness a return to the armed chaos which causes deaths and injuries and stokes the fire of religious, sectarian and familial strife,” al-Rahi said in his Sunday Mass sermon.

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