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Authorities remove 'wall of shame' around Parliament

Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi said Monday "this is Beirut's voice and the voice of the Lebanese" as a team of engineers removed cement blocks surrounding Parliament's building in Nejmeh Square.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri had ordered earlier on Monday the removal of the security barricades, in response to Mawlawi's demand as newly elected reformist MPs had suggested the removal of the blocs before the upcoming Parliament session.

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Rifi: We won't agree to unity govt., Raad shouldn't try to intimidate us

Tripoli MP and ex-minister Ashraf Rifi stressed Monday that he “will not agree to a national unity government.”

Hizbullah top lawmaker “Mohammed Raad should stop trying to intimidate us and we will impose the government that we want,” Rifi said in an interview on MTV.

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Qassem says 77 MPs are pro-resistance as Fadlallah warns over new govt.

Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem has noted that of the 128 new MPs, 77 are with “resisting” Israel, as MP Hassan Fadlallah of Hizbullah stressed there should be “partnership” in the new government.

“March 14’s remnants were 47 MPs in the previous elections and now they have become 36, which is a clear deterioration,” Qassem said in a TV interview.

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Has monkeypox arrived in Lebanon?

A Lebanese doctor claimed Monday that there are at least two cases of monkeypox in Lebanon, as the Health Ministry confirmed that a sample from a suspected monkeypox patient has been sent to France for testing.

The doctor, Mohammed Fahmi Kharroub, a specialist in family medicine and chronic illnesses, told al-Jadeed TV in a live interview that he has diagnosed a patient in Lebanon with monkeypox and that he has been told about “another case in south Lebanon.”

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Calls intensify before Speaker election session as many blocs refuse Berri

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri hasn't yet called for a session for electing a new Speaker, but new MPs will have to pick a speaker within 14 days.

Calls and consultations will intensify in the upcoming week, al-Akhbar newspaper said Monday, in an attempt to ease the tension as many blocs announced they wouldn't vote for Berri.

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Al-Rahi warns some want to 'block change, bypass popular will'

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi on Sunday described the explosion of several economic and financial crises after the elections as a “suspicious development.”

“It was notable and painful that, after the elections results were announced, we witnessed security disturbances and the return of the fuel, bread, medicine, prices and dollar crises,” al-Rahi said in his Sunday Mass sermon.

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Rich Lebanese buy 'island passports' as crisis bites

Fearing visa hassles could cost him his job in Dubai while an economic collapse had dashed any homecoming options, Lebanese executive Jad splurged around $135,000 on a new citizenship for himself and his wife.

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Hizbullah grip on Lebanon must end, says Geagea

Lebanon's "hijacked sovereignty" must be restored after an election denied the powerful Iran-backed Hizbullah a parliamentary majority, said Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.

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Berri's bloc officially nominates him for parliament speaker post

Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc on Saturday officially nominated him for a new term as parliament speaker.

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Macron, Bin Salman call for 'structural reforms' in Lebanon

Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and French President Emmanuel Macron have reiterated their call for "structural reforms" in Lebanon.

"They reaffirmed the need to implement the structural reforms necessary for the country's recovery, as expected by the Lebanese population and the international community," the French presidency announced after a telephone conversation between the two leaders.

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