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Presidential Polls Adjourned again, Geagea Blames Hizbullah

Speaker Nabih Berri postponed on Wednesday the 23rd presidential electoral session after MPs boycotted it, causing lack of quorum.

The session was adjourned to June 3.

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Berri Slams FPM, Bassil over Boycott and 'Dangerous' Remarks

Speaker Nabih Berri strongly criticized the Free Patriotic Movement for boycotting parliamentary sessions aimed at electing a new head of state and slammed Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil over his “dangerous” remarks.

“The key to all crises lies in speeding up the election of a president instead of attacking constitutional institutions and their leaders, and not attending attending parliamentary sessions,” Berri told his visitors on Tuesday.

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Abou Faour Says Political Rift Shouldn't Affect Security Agencies

Health Minister Wael Abou Faour called on the political arch-foes to tackle the appointment of new top-ranking security officials with reason, urging them to safeguard the state institutions.

“It's illogical that the military institutions and security agencies are undergoing such a political debate,” Abou Faour told reporters on Monday after talks with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail.

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Eichhorst Says Election of President Increases Confidence in Lebanon

EU Ambassador to Lebanon Angelina Eichhorst stressed on Friday that the election of a new head of state increases the trust in Lebanon, which is confronting enormous challenges.

“It gives a positive indication locally and in the region,” Eichhorst said in an interview with An Nahar newspaper.

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LF, Change and Reform Blocs Hold onto Legislative Session Stance

The Lebanese Forces reiterated on Thursday that the LF parliamentary bloc and the Change and Reform bloc would not attend a legislative session if their demands are not met.

LF MP George Adwan told An Nahar newspaper that his bloc insists on putting the draft-law on giving Lebanese expats the nationality and the electoral draft-law on the agenda of the session that Speaker Nabih Berri is planning to call for.

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Aoun Slams Attempt at 'Hegemony' over Christian Role in State Institutions

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Wednesday warned of a perceived attempt at “hegemony” over the role of Christians in state institutions, as he stressed that “the forces of takfirism and terrorism will not defeat us.”

“We feel that some parties have the same dream that the Ottomans had in the past and this explains the attempt to displace Christians. In Lebanon we're witnessing an inclination towards hegemony in governance and towards weakening Christians and impeding their role,” said Aoun at a rally organized by the FPM, the Tashnag Party and the Syriac League to mark Lebanon's Martyrs Day and the “Centennial of the Genocide of Christians.”

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Berri: Parliament Paralysis Threatening National Security

Speaker Nabih Berri has warned that the paralysis of the parliament was harming Lebanon's national security and threatening its internal stability.

Blocking legislation leads to political and constitutional problems but also threatens the country’s national security, and ways to protect it and consolidate its stability, said Berri in remarks published in As Safir daily on Tuesday.

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Nasrallah to Deliver Speech on Tuesday

Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah is expected to make a televised speech on Tuesday to tackle the latest local and regional developments.

Nasrallah will deliver his speech around 8:30 pm.

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Berri to his Critics: I Don't Work for Anyone

Speaker Nabih Berri has criticized parliamentary blocs that are pressuring him into putting certain draft-laws on the agenda of a legislative session, saying he is not their employee.

The Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces had urged Berri to put a draft-law on giving the nationality to Lebanese expatriates on the agenda of the session.

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Al-Rahi Prays for Political Breakthrough, Election of President

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi prayed on Sunday for Lebanon to witness a breakthrough for its political impasse.

Al-Rahi called on politicians, in particular Maronite figures, to elect a consensual president.

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