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Report: Jumblat Observes Four-Party Election Talks in Silence, Awaits Outcome

After the recent four-party meeting at the Baabda Palace which deliberated the controversial issue of an election law, Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat is watching with caution what outcome will these meetings bring, al-Joumhouria daily reported Friday.

“Jumblat is carefully watching the path of the election law. He still insists on his position which rejects any law that hints at an abolition, exclusion or marginalization of the Druze community,” sources close to Jumblat told the daily.

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Aoun Says Favors 'Vacuum' over Extension as Cabinet Postpones Discussing Electoral Commission

The cabinet held a meeting on Wednesday to tackle a number of issues, mainly Lebanon's security file in light of the latest threat of a suicide attacker that was foiled by the security forces over the weekend, as President Michel Aoun announced that he prefers "vacuum" over another extension of the parliament's term.

“If I'm to choose between the extension of parliament's term or vacuum, my stance is clear in this regard -- I will choose vacuum,” TV networks quoted Aoun as saying.

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Jumblat Insists, 'Positive Dialogue' Helps Agreement on Election Law

Leader of the Democratic Gathering bloc MP Walid Jumblat said he insists on “positive dialogue” as for discussions on a new electoral law for the parliamentary polls, and stressed that endorsing a new law is a delicate matter that requires “precision, patience and dialogue.”

Likening the electoral process to a medical operation, he said on Twitter: “The electoral law is a delicate operation. Its successfulness requires precision, patience, consultations and dialogue.”

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French Presidential Hopeful Macron Meets Lebanese Leaders

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron held talks with President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Tuesday and said his country needs a more "balanced" policy toward Syria.

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Body of Missing Jbeil Man Found in Akoura

After two days of search operations, the dead body of Lebanese citizen Majid Raji al-Hashem, 61, was found Tuesday buried in sand at a stone factory in the Jbeil town of Akoura, state-run National News Agency reported.

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Man Plunges to Death in Beirut

A Lebanese man fell to his death on Tuesday from the balcony of his house in Beirut neighborhood of Zqaq al-Blat, the National News Agency reported.

Elias Chahin, 54, fell from the 5th floor and died instantly, added NNA.

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Kuwaiti Envoy Carries Invitation to Aoun to Visit Kuwait

Kuwaiti envoy, Sheikh Mohammed Abdullah al-Mubarak al-Sabah who arrived in Beirut a day earlier, held talks with President Michel Aoun at the Presidential Palace, media reports said on Tuesday.

The Kuwaiti envoy, who is planned to hold talks with senior Lebanese figures, extended an invitation to Aoun to visit Kuwait on behalf of Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmed al-Sabah, the reports added.

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Australian Ambassador Praises Security Efforts during Talks with Hariri

Prime Minister Saad Hariri received on Monday at the Grand Serail the Australian Ambassador to Lebanon Glenn Miles.

During talks, Miles hailed the Lebanese Security Force’s efforts mainly their success in foiling the attempt of a would-be suicide bomber that could have rocked Beirut's upscale neighborhood of Hamra over the weekend.

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Lebanese Army Running 'Pre-Emptive' War against Terrorism

The suicide attack attempt that was foiled in Beirut's Hamra area over the weekend, is part of a strategic and decisive decision taken at the highest levels of the Army Command and the Directorate of Intelligence, to launch pre-emptive war on terrorists, prominent military sources told Ad Diyar daily on Monday.

The sources that spoke on condition of anonymity said: “The security forces endeavors in that regard are to launch a pre-emptive, relentless war on terrorists in order to uproot them and combat their menace.”

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Chamoun: Hizbullah Must Surrender its Arms

Leader of the National Liberal Party MP Dory Chamoun, urged Hizbullah and all other armed factions in Lebanon to surrender their arms to the Lebanese Armed Forces after their proven ability to protect the country following the Costa cafe incident, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

“Hizbullah and every faction outside legitimacy must surrender their weapons to the Lebanese army because it is has proven successful in protecting Lebanon. Confidence of the Lebanese in their army and its performance is mounting,” said Chamoun.

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