Future bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The parliamentary Future bloc renewed its call Tuesday for priority to be given to the election of a new president to avoid the security and constitutional ramifications that might arise from holding parliamentary polls before the presidential vote.It was referring to Saudi King Abdullah's $1 billion grant to shore up the capabilities of the Lebanese Army and security forces in their battle against terrorism following the Army's clashes with Al-Qaeda-affiliated militants in Arsal.At least 19 soldiers have been killed in five days of ferocious fighting between the Lebanese Army and militants in and around Arsal that erupted after the militants overran the town on Aug. 2, in the most serious spillover of Syria's civil war into Lebanon.More than 60 militants and 42 civilians were also killed.
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