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Berri Affirms Quorum Secured at Confidence Vote Session

Speaker Nabih Berri stressed on Tuesday that the Parliament session dedicated for a Cabinet confidence vote and discuss the Policy Statement secured quorum with 67 lawmakers attending at the opening.

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Diab Vows to Get Lebanon Out of Crisis

Prime Minister Hassan Diab on Tuesday vowed during a Cabinet confidence vote session to get Lebanon out of its economic and financial crisis, the worst since the end of the 1975-90 civil war, as protesters clashed with security forces outside the Parliament.

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New U.S. Ambassador to Replace Richard

The new U.S. ambassador to Lebanon will arrive soon to Lebanon to replace Ambassador Elizabeth Richard after serving four years in office, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Tuesday.

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Berri Says Lebanon Needs IMF ‘Help’

Speaker Nabih Berri sees a need for help from the International Monetary Fund to draw a rescue plan for Lebanon’s crippling economy, media reports said on Tuesday.

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373 Injured as Protesters Clash with Security Forces around Parliament

Lebanon's parliament met Tuesday for a confidence vote on a new government as protesters clashed outside with security forces who used teargas and water cannon to disperse them.

The Red Cross said a total of 373 people were treated for teargas exposure and other injuries, including 45 who were taken to hospital.

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Mustaqbal to Attend Tuesday Session, Urges Respect for 'Peaceful Expression'

Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc announced Monday that it will take part in a Tuesday parliamentary session to debate Cabinet’s policy statement and vote on confidence in the new government.

The bloc, however, said that it will not grant confidence to Hassan Diab’s government because “it has nothing to do with what the Lebanese are demanding.”

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Hariri Slams FPM, Vows 'Constructive Opposition'

Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri lashed out Monday at the Free Patriotic Movement, saying it failed to make a single economic achievement over the past 30 years.

“To all those who criticize ‘political Harirism’, especially the FPM, tell me about a single economic achievement for the FPM over the past 30 years,” Hariri said in a chat with reporters that followed a meeting for the al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc.

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Frem Announces Boycott of Government Confidence Session

MP Neemat Frem, who left the Strong Lebanon bloc following the October uprising, on Monday announced his boycott of a parliamentary session that will debate Cabinet’s policy statement and vote on confidence in the new government.

Frem said he took his decision because he believes that the draft policy statement “is not befitting of the magnitude of the challenges and the means to confront them.”

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Army Announces Names of 3 Troops Killed in Hermel Ambush

The Army Command on Monday mourned three soldiers killed Sunday in an ambush in the Hermel area of al-Mesherfeh while chasing a stolen car.

It identified them as First Sergeant Ali Ismail, 37, First Sergeant Ahmed Haidar Ahmed, 33, and Soldier Hasan Ezzeddine, 28.

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Bassil Urges End to Arms Proliferation after Troops Killed

Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil has urged an end to arms proliferation in the country in the wake of death of three army troops in a raid in Hermel.

“The martyrdom of three army soldiers during the pursuit of armed robbers in Hermel strongly raises the issue of arms proliferation,” Bassil tweeted.

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