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Mouawad, Rifi, Makhzoumi, Abdel Massih say seeking unity against Mikati’s candidacy

MPs Michel Mouawad, Ashraf Rifi, Fouad Makhzoumi and Adib Abdel Massih said Wednesday that they will "exert strenuous efforts to create a substantial front" in the face of Najib Mikati's nomination for the PM-designate post.

The four MPs also announced having formed a new bloc, called the Independent Sovereign Bloc.

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Geagea says LF won't nominate anyone for PM-designate post

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea announced Wednesday that the LF-led Strong Republic bloc will not nominate any figure in Thursday’s binding parliamentary consultations to name a PM-designate.

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Egypt, KSA support Arabist 'non-terrorist' Lebanon

Saudi Arabia and Egypt have stressed in a joint statement that Lebanon should not be a safe haven "for terrorism and drug smuggling."

Saudi Arabia’s powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had discussed "regional and international files and the future of international cooperation" with President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi as he visited Egypt on Tuesday.

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Makari says al-Marada will name Mikati, Franjieh serious candidate for Presidency

Caretaker Information Minister Ziad Makari said Wednesday that al-Marada leader Suleiman Franjieh is a serious candidate for Presidency, as he confirmed that his party will name Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati as a PM in the binding consultations on Thursday.

By the end of the year, Parliament will pick a president to succeed Michel Aoun, who will be 89 by then.

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Bread sold on black market in Nabatiyeh, queues in Sidon

A number of bakeries stopped working in Sidon on Wednesday as they were running out of flour, media reports said, which caused citizens to queue in front of the open bakeries to obtain bread.

Meanwhile in Nabatiyeh, a bundle of bread was sold for LBP 25,000 - instead of 15,000 - on the black market, as companies could not deliver bread to the shops.

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Jumblat hopes to see words supporting army, security forces 'translated into actions'

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat said Wednesday he hopes to see the statements supporting Lebanon translated into actions.

"As we wait for the new government to be formed and the reforms in the main sectors to be made, we hear many statements supporting Lebanon," Jumblat said.

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British Ambassador visits UK-funded projects in response to the Beirut port blast

British Ambassador to Lebanon Ian Collard and the British Embassy's Development and Humanitarian Director, Lucy Andrews, on Tuesday visited projects funded by the UK as part of its response to the devastating Beirut Port blast back in August 2020.

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Democratic Gathering endorses Nawaf Salam for PM-designate post

The Progressive Socialist Party-led Democratic Gathering bloc announced Tuesday that it will nominate Nawaf Salam for the PM-designate post in Thursday’s binding parliamentary consultations.

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Abu Haidar rejects anew to press charges against Salameh

Beirut Attorney General Judge Ziad Abu Haidar on Tuesday rejected anew to press charges against Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh as requested in a memo sent to him by State Prosecutor Ghassan Oueidat, LBCI TV reported.

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Hamas leader Haniyeh begins visit to Lebanon

Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of the Palestinian movement Hamas, arrived Tuesday in Lebanon for a several-day visit, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported.

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