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The man that is rumored to be the new Lebanese mediator for the tricky file of the Arsal hostage crisis is a man with a reputation for calmness, rationality and sobriety. Although the Lebanese government has yet to appoint him officially, Health Minister Wael Abu Faour's appointment of Ahmad Fliti did not come as a surprise to some – Arsal's deputy mayor has become well known in the northeastern town. All of these attributes led Fliti, who is now in his mid-40s, to holding a leadership position in the Fliti family, the second-biggest in Arsal.When Fliti eventually decided to run for membership on the municipality council, he allied himself with Ali Hujeiri. Like Fliti, Hujeiri is the most prominent member of his family, but his family is the largest and the most powerful in Arsal. Fliti the "zaim" (leader), as he is called by some in the town, has largely been acting in the shadows of Hujeiri and wasn't very well known on a national level.
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