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Report: Maarab Agreement Could Be in 'Jeopardy'

Repercussions of the parliamentary elections reflected negatively on the relations between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, amid reports that the Maarab Agreement between the two--which eventually brought the FPM founder Michel Aoun to the post of presidency--might be in jeopardy.

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Berri Chairs ‘Farewell’ Parliament Bureau Meeting

Speaker Nabih Berri chaired at his residence in Ain el-Tineh a “farewell” meeting of the Parliament Bureau before the legislature concludes on June 20 its mandate that extended over a nine-year period.

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Hizbullah Official Says Trump Embassy Decision ‘Worthless’

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem stated that the decision of U.S. President Donald Trump to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was “worthless,” LBCI reported on Monday.

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Lebanon Set for Caretaker Government

Lebanon’s Cabinet is expected to convene on Wednesday to address several key files, including a controversial electricity file, before it turns into a caretaker government on May 20, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

The meeting will take place at the Baabda Palace to “tackle and place several files on the solution track before the government turns into a caretaker cabinet,” well-informed sources told the daily.

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Berri Says 'March 8 Not Seeking Bigger Govt Share'

Speaker Nabih Berri said that the so-called March 8 alliance is “not seeking a bigger share” in the upcoming government despite the favorable parliamentary elections outcome, noting that both alliances of March 8 and March 14 are “totally finished,” Saudi daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on Monday.

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Hariri Dissolves Election Commission, Coordinates over ‘Election Results’

Prime Minister and al-Mustaqbal Movement leader Saad Hariri decided to “dissolve the electoral campaign commission and Mustaqbal’s coordinators of Beirut, Bekaa, Koura and Zgharta,” over the latest “parliamentary election results.”

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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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Shamsi, Bukhari Congratulate Geagea on 'Win' in Elections

Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea received at his residence in Maarab on Wednesday, Emirati Ambassador to Lebanon Hamad al-Shamsi and Chargé d'Affaires of the Saudi Embassy in Beirut Walid Bukhari.

Shamsi and Bukhari congratulated Geagea on his win in Sunday’s elections, said NNA.

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