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Kataeb Hopes ‘Stumbling’ Govt. Formation Doesn’t Stretch to Its Performance

The Kataeb party criticized on Tuesday the bickering between political parties over ministerial quotas, voicing hopes the performance of the future government does not resemble the ‘stumbling’ performance during the formation process.

Kataeb said: “Now that the government is close to being formed, the Lebanese wander over what were the political parties bickering, seeing that the bulk of the majority (of political parties) remained unchanged.”

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Woman Blows Herself Up in Tunis Injuring Nine

A woman suicide bomber blew herself up Monday near police vehicles in the center of the Tunisian capital, injuring at least nine people, the interior ministry said.

Ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag told AFP that all but one of the casualties were police, after a strong explosion rocked the upmarket Avenue Habib Bourguiba in Tunis.

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LF Sources on Participation in Govt: We Won’t Leave the Coast Clear

Ahead of the Lebanese Forces official announcement on whether it will participate in the future government, LF sources told LBCI TV station that they “will not leave the coast clear” for their rivals.

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Berri to Call for Legislative Session if Govt. Isn't Formed Monday

In light of anticipations that Lebanon completes the formation of its government on Monday, Speaker Nabih Berri said he is willing to call for a legislative session if the lineup fails, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Monday.

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Report: Govt. Representation of Independent Sunni MPs Not Resolved

Inspite of the growing “optimism” heralding a near government lineup, “probably on Sunday,” no indicators have shown that a solution is reached for an“obstacle” linked to the representation of a group of independent Sunni MPs, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Berri Says Govt. Could Be Formed Sunday

Speaker Nabih Berri reflected some “positivism” regarding a breakthrough in the formation of the government, noting a “serious progress” in discussions likely leading to a final agreement on Sunday, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday.

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Report: Lebanon Seeks to Redress Consequences of New US Sanctions on Hizbullah

Concern of the new US sanctions imposed by the US administration on Hizbullah is not limited to the party, but also touches the entire Lebanese state for fear of negative repercussions on the country’s banks and economy, the Saudi Ashraq al-Awsat daily reported on Saturday.

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Fresh Fighting at Miyeh Miyeh Camp after Truce Collapses

Clashes renewed Friday afternoon at the Miyeh Miyeh Palestinian refugee camp after a brief ceasefire.

"The sounds of gunshots and rocket-propelled grenades are being heard after the renewal of clashes," the National News Agency said.

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Report: Hariri to Submit New Government Format

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is reportedly expected to submit a new government format to President Michel Aoun in the “next 24 hours,” after previous formats failed to meet the President’s approval, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

Quoting Baabda sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the daily said the atmospheres regarding efforts to complete lining up the government are “positive”.

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Judge Abu Ghaida Resigns

First Military Investigative Judge Riad Abu Ghaida has announced his resignation from the judiciary to run for the membership of the Constitutional Council, the National News Agency reported.

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