Speaker Nabih Berri delivers his speech (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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National unity is a must to fight takfiri terrorism threatening Lebanon, said Speaker Nabih Berri, who also called Sunday for bolstering the Lebanese Army's capabilities in term of men and equipment to help it in the anti-terror battle.In a televised speech broadcast simultaneously on all local TV stations Sunday night, marking the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Shiite spiritual leader Imam Musa Sadr in Libya, Berri said priority should be given to the election of a new president, stressing that the country could not be run without a head of state. Berri's remarks come after militants from ISIS and Syria's Al-Qadea-linked Nusra Front overran the northeastern town of Arsal on Aug. 2 and fought pitched gunbattles with the Lebanese Army, in the most serious spillover of the war in Syria into Lebanese territory.Berri sounded upbeat about Lebanon's future.
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