Berri Worried about 'Chaos' in Northern Lebanon

Speaker Nabih Berri expressed on Wednesday his concern over the security situation in northern Lebanon in light of the eruption of clashes between the rival neighborhoods of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

He also voiced his concern over the security situation in other regions in Lebanon, his visitors quoted him as saying during his weekly meeting with lawmakers held at his Ain el-Tineh residence.

The clashes in Tripoli broke out over the weekend.

They have taken place mainly between Bab al-Tabbaneh, which backs the Syrian revolt, and Jabal Mohsen, which supports the Syrian regime.

Twelve people were killed and at least 100 were wounded since the clashes erupted on Sunday.

Addressing discussions over the parliamentary electoral law, the lawmakers said that the speaker's contacts with various political powers are ongoing in order to resolve this issue.

“No new development has been made over this matter,” they remarked.

Berri is holding consultations with political foes away from media spotlight as a last attempt to reach common ground over a new electoral law before resorting to the extension of the parliament's mandate.

The political powers have so far failed to agree on a new electoral law, which is threatening to postpone the elections that are set for June 16.

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