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Cabinet Convenes Before Potentially Assuming Caretaker Role

Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a cabinet meeting on Thursday that could be the last if a new president is elected next week and the government becomes a caretaker authority.

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Report: FPM Prepares Celebrations after Aoun's Election

In line with the preparations at the presidential palace to receive a new president, and in parallel with the logistical preparations for the parliamentary session set to elect a new head of state, the Free Patriotic Movement is also putting the final touches on the festivities it plans to hold after the election session scheduled on Monday that is foreseen to elect founder of the FPM MP Michel Aoun.

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Public Transport Drivers Protest against Privatization of Automotive Inspection Authority

Public Tranport drivers staged nationwide protests as they started gathering early on Thursday in several points across Lebanon to kick off a rally that will head to Riyad al-Solh square in Down Town Beirut, and to the Grand Serails in other districts, the National News Agency reported.

The campaigners headed to the gathering points at 6:00 am as they demand that the automotive inspection authority is restored to the public sector after a deal that could see its privatization.

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Truck Laden with Captagon Busted in Tripoli

Police in the north, thwarted an operation to smuggle massive amounts of Captagon narcotic pills to Saudi Arabia, the National News Agency reported on Tuesday.

A truck coming from Syria that contained ample amounts of Captagon pills bound to be shipped to Saudi Arabia was seized in the northern port of Tripoli, added NNA.

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Report: Hizbullah Wants Considerable Share for Berri in Next Government

Dialogue channels between Hizbullah and Speaker Nabih Berri are ongoing and are focusing on the formation of the new government which will see the light after the election of a president at the end of October, An Nahar daily reported on Tuesday.

Sources following up closely on the file, said that Hizbullah is keen to have considerable participation for Berri in the next government, added the daily.

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Report: Political Figures Up Safety Measures as Presidential Elections Loom

Several political figures were asked to take tight safety measures to curb attempts aiming to shake Lebanon's stability, now that the presidential elections is onto the front burner and Lebanon could enjoy again having a head of state, Kuwait's As-Siyasah newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Now that things are heading towards the election of Change and Reform bloc head MP Michel Aoun in the parliamentary session on October 31, and due to fears that some uncalculated security developments might emerge, several politicians were asked to be cautious, added the daily.

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Israel Has 'No Intention' to Start New War against Lebanon

Firebrand Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced Monday that Israel has “no intention” of starting a new war against Lebanon.

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Report: Berri Told Aoun 'I Will not Vote for You'

Speaker Nabih Berri told presidential hopeful MP Michel Aoun that he will not deprive the upcoming parliament session to elect a president from quorum, but “I will vote against you” in the upcoming elections, an Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

Despite the friendliness that Berri tried to emanate in front of the media cameras during Aoun's visit in Ain el-Tineh, but the Speaker has assured Aoun during their closed meeting talks that he will not vote in his favor, added the daily.

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Conflicting Reports About Saudi Position on Aoun's Nomination

Saudi Arabia did not welcome the latest initiative made by al-Mustaqbal chief Saad Hariri as for endorsing MP Michel Aoun for the post of presidency, An Nahar daily reported on Saturday.

A source close to Riyadh said it received a “negative response” from a senior official in Riyadh as for Hariri's endorsement of the Free Patriotic Movement Aoun, according to the daily.

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Jumblat's Bloc Meets, Decision on Presidential Elections Revealed Next Week

The Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc will meet on Saturday to discuss the latest developments with regard to the thorny file of the presidency, and to decide for whom to vote during the upcoming election session following the endorsement of MP Michel Aoun by al-Mustaqbal Movement chief Saad Hariri, media reports said.

Chief of the bloc, MP Walid Jumblat called his 11 deputies for a meeting in Mukhtara to decide the bloc's path during the voting process in a parliamentary session scheduled on October 31 to elect a president.

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