Machnouk said the security situation was controllable and pre-emptive measures meant that there was “no need to panic.” (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nuhad Machnouk said Sunday that Speaker Nabih Berri was about to launch talks over this fall's scheduled parliamentary elections and his ministry was preparing for the polls.Speaking to An-Nahar newspaper, Machnouk noted that weekly meetings were being held at the Interior Ministry to prepare for the elections, adding that the "political decision" to hold the election was in the hands of Parliament. In light of the crisis in Syria and the frail security situation, Lebanon's Parliament extended its mandate by a period of 17 months in May of last year, when elections were set for June 2013 .
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