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'Crucial 48 Hours' as Hizbullah Speaks of 'Int'l Support' for Solutions

A Hizbullah minister has noted that there could be a solution soon to the government formation crisis after the international community sent a “message” to all political forces.

“A solution started looming after the international message reached the various political parties,” caretaker State Minister for Parliament Affairs Mahmoud Qmati said, noting that “several international parties” are pushing for a solution in Lebanon.

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Kanaan: PM May be Named Next Week, Caretaker Govt. Must Act

A premier-designate is supposed to be named next week if the intentions turn out to be “honest,” Strong Lebanon bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan said on Sunday.

“It is needed to activate the work of the caretaker government pending the formation of the new government,” Kanaan said in a radio interview.

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Al-Sayyed: Hizbullah Won't Bow, No Govt. Next Week

MP Jamil al-Sayyed has stressed that no premier-designate will be picked next week to form the new government.

“According to the obvious indications, there will be no government next week and the issue is related to its shape,” al-Sayyed, who is close to Hizbullah, said in a TV interview.

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Lebanese Rally against Iraq's Crackdown on Protesters

Dozens of people in protest-swept Lebanon have staged a candlelit vigil outside Iraq's embassy to denounce the excessive use of force against demonstrators there.

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Uprising Enters Day 45, Police Release Detained Female Protester

Police released on Saturday from the Ashrafieh Police Station in Beirut a female protester detained a day earlier against the backdrop of a dispute with security forces.

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Report: Govt. Formation Could Initiate CEDRE Aid at Paris Meeting

France reportedly seeks to call for a conference of the International Support Group for Lebanon before mid-December manifesting readiness to launch the CEDRE grants if Lebanon forms a government, An-Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

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Gas Station Owners Suspend Strike

Owners of gas stations in Lebanon suspended a one-day strike on Saturday that paralyzed the country and drove angry Lebanese to block in protest the highways with their vehicles creating traffic jams.

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Kubis Discusses 'Urgently Needed' Measures with Salameh

U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Jan Kubis said he met Friday with Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and discussed with him measures “urgently needed to stop the further deepening” of the economic crisis and to increase the ability of the banking sector to cope with the pressures.

“Formation of a credible and competent government that can regain the trust of the people and of the international partners of #Lebanon is the priority,” Kubis tweeted.

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Reports: Khatib's Chances Still High, Aoun, Shiite Duo Still Open to Hariri's Return

The chances of Samir Khatib to lead the new government are still high and President Michel Aoun, Hizbullah and the AMAL Movement are not opposed to the re-designation of caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, media reports said on Friday.

“Samir Khatib is still an option and his chances could be higher than those of other candidates in light of the pressing situations,” informed sources told LBCI television, noting that Hariri has not suggested another candidate.

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Aoun Chairs Baabda Financial Meeting Boycotted by Hariri

President Michel Aoun on Friday presided over a financial meeting in Baabda aimed at discussing the deteriorating economic and financial situations in the country.

A statement issued after the meeting said the president "proposed several suggestions to resolve the crisis."

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