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Hariri, Jumblat Trade Remarks on Twitter

Prime Minister Saad Hariri replied to remarks made by Progressive Socialist Party MP Walid Jumblat on Saturday, telling him to “leave al-Mustaqbal Movement alone.”

“I wish you would leave al-Mustaqbal Movement alone, Walid Beik, and stop blaming us for your problems,” said Hariri in a tweet.

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Report: LF, FPM Not Decided on Speaker Re-Election

The Lebanese Forces and Free Patriotic Movement have not yet disclosed whether they will re-elect Speaker Nabih Berrii for a sixth term, as they prepare for consultative meetings with their party members.

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Berri Calls for Quick New Government

The formation of a new Cabinet in Lebanon that represents all factions should take place quickly because of growing regional tensions and the fragile country's struggling economy, Speaker Nabih Berri said.

Berri spoke in an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Beirut days after Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections in nine years. In the vote, Berri's Amal group, along with its allies including Hizbullah, won more than a third of the seats, giving them the power to veto any legislation against them in the future.

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Hariri Meets Aoun: We Want to Preserve Security, Stability in Lebanon

Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday visited the Baabda Palace for talks with President Michel Aoun.

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UNIFIL Says Lebanon-Israel Border 'Quiet' after Syria Flare-Up

United Nations peacekeepers in Lebanon said Friday they were keeping a close eye on the southern border with Israel, but the area was "quiet" after strikes on suspected Iranian positions in Syria.

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ISG Urges Lebanon to Agree 'Defense Strategy', Abide by 'Baabda Declaration'

The International Support Group for Lebanon has congratulatd the Lebanese people and authorities for the completion of parliamentary elections on May 6, urging the country to agree a "defense strategy" and abide by the Baabda Declaration.

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New Parliament to 'Re-Elect Berri on May 22'

The new parliament will hold a session on May 22 to re-elect AMAL Movement leader Nabih Berri to a sixth term as Parliament Speaker, a media report said.

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Israel Tells Lebanon Not Seeking Escalation amid Syria Tensions

Lebanon has been informed by Western diplomatic sources close to Tel Aviv that Israel is not seeking an escalation on Lebanon's southern border, a media report said.

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Choueifat Incident: Wahhab Calls Jumblat as Suspect Flees to Syria

Arab Tawhid Party chief and ex-minister Wiam Wahhab on Thursday held phone talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and offered condolences over the death of PSP member Alaa Abi Faraj during a clash with supporters of MP Talal Arslan.

Wahhab thanked Jumblat over his “responsible” stance regarding the incident, urging all parties to show responsibility.

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Bassil Seeks Name Change to 'Foreign Affairs and Diaspora Ministry'

Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil on Thursday announced that he has signed a draft law to change the name of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants to the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Diaspora and International Cooperation.”

Speaking at a Lebanese expat conference in Beirut, Bassil added that he knows that his move will face “a campaign to distort” his true intention.

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