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Mikati named PM-designate with 54 votes as Salam gets 25

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati was named PM-designate on Thursday with 54 votes, as former Lebanese ambassador to the U.N. Nawaf Salam received 25 votes and 46 MPs abstained from naming any candidate.

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Bou Saab says Hochstein has informed Israel of Lebanon's proposal

U.S. envoy Amos Hochstein has informed Israel of Lebanon’s proposal regarding sea border demarcation and the response is expected “next week or the week after,” Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab has said.

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Bou Saab, Slim seeking Aoun-Berri settlement over appointments

Less than a week from the deadline for President Michel Aoun to sign the decree of military and security officer promotions, a dispute over the issue between Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri is still ongoing, media reports said on Thursday.

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Mikati says may seek govt. reshuffle and may convene caretaker cabinet

Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati has said that he might seek a minor government reshuffle and that he will activate the caretaker cabinet.

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Binding parliamentary consultations in details

Deputy Speaker Bou Saab was the first to meet President Michel Aoun Thursday, as the binding parliamentary consultations kicked off in Baabda.

Bou Saab of the Free Patriotic Movement did not nominate anyone, neither did his bloc, except for Akkar MP Mohammed Yehya who named Mikati.

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President Aoun holds consultations to name premier

President Michel Aoun began consultations with members of parliamentary blocs on Thursday to name a new prime minister following last month’s parliamentary elections.

The MPs are divided between caretaker PM Najib Mikati and ex-President of the U.N. Security Council Nawaf Salam, while many had announced they will not nominate anyone.

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Gantz says Israel to invade Beirut if needed but is ready for peace

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned Wednesday that “if needed,” the Israeli army “will march once again to Beirut, Sidon and Tyre,” while noting that Israel “does not want a war” and that it is “willing to go very far on the path to peace and settlement.”

Speaking at a rally in Kiryat Shmona to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon, Gantz said that should Israel need to “carry out an operation in Lebanon,” it will be “powerful and accurate.”

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Lebanon expecting over $3 billion from summer tourism

Lebanon's ailing economy should receive a welcome injection of more than $3 billion thanks to a rebound in tourist arrivals over the summer, the caretaker tourism minister said Wednesday.

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State Security enters Salameh's home accompanied by Judge Aoun

A State Security patrol on Wednesday entered into Central Bank chief Riad Salameh's residence in Rabieh without managing to find him, TV networks said.

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KSA, Jordan stress keenness on Lebanon stability, urge reforms

Saudi Arabia and Jordan stressed Wednesday in a joint statement “the importance of preserving Lebanon’s security and stability.”

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