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Hariri to Nasrallah: Protectors of Rafik Hariri's Assassins Mustn’t Discuss His History

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri stated on Saturday that those “protecting the killers of late PM Rafik Hariri have no right to talk about his history”.

Hariri's Twitter statement came as a response to Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah's Saturday speech during which he said the late PM was supportive of the party's arms until “peace was reached in the Middle East”.

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Miqati Says Government 'Respects' Sovereignty of Gulf States

Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Saturday that the Lebanese government respects the sovereignty of all countries, in particular, the Arab states.

“The government doesn't interfere in the local affairs of other Arab states and considers all the political rhetoric expresses the opinion of those who say them,” Miqati said in a telephone conversation with Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour.

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Nasrallah Slams Hariri, Expresses Support to Orthodox Gathering Proposal

Hizbullah Chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah lashed out on Saturday at ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri, accusing him of trying to strike a settlement over backing him for the premiership, expressing his support to the Orthodox Gathering electoral draft-law.

“You proposed to neutralize the arms of the resistance if we agreed to support you as a premier,” Nasrallah said in a televised speech commemorating Hizbullah’s “martyr leaders.”

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Economic Committees to Boycott Economic Dialogue after PM Schedules Cabinet Session for Monday

The Economic Committees criticized on Saturday Prime Minister Najib Miqati's decision to hold a cabinet session on Monday aimed at approving the new wage scale, announcing the “failure of the economic dialogue in light of the premier's unilateral action.”

They said that they will “boycott upcoming economic dialogue sessions and will keep its meetings open in order to follow up on developments and take the necessary measures to save the national economy.”

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Miqati Meets Arsal Delegation, Rejects Assaulting Army

Prime Minister Najib Miqati stressed on Saturday that attacking the Lebanese army in the eastern border town of Arsal is rejected after talks with a delegation from the area that called for fair trials.

“Assaulting the army in Arsal is rejected and condemned... The appropriate legal measures will be taken against the offenders,” Miqati pointed out.

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Franjieh Meets Arslan: Parliament Will Vote on Orthodox Gathering Proposal

Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh stressed on Saturday that the rival parties will not reach common ground over the new electoral law, describing the Orthodox Gathering proposal as the draft-law that achieves better representation during the polls.'

“We are heading to vote on the Orthodox law at the parliament,” Franjieh said after holding talks with Lebanese Democratic Party leader MP Talal Arslan.

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Subcommittee Ends Meetings without Consensus as Berri Calls Joint Committees to Session

The parliamentary subcommittee failed on Saturday to reach consensus over a hybrid electoral draft law, MP Robert Ghanem announced after its meeting

“We will hand over the meetings' report to Speaker Nabih Berri,” he said, adding that the latter will then refer it to the joint parliamentary committee for further discussion.

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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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