White flags at the Nour square in Tripoli, Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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The Future parliamentary bloc approved Wednesday Salafist-inspired MP Khaled Daher's request to suspend his membership from the bloc after spurring national outrage over remarks that were deemed offensive to Christians.Daher told The Daily Star that he "had suspended his membership from the Future Bloc," denying media reports that claimed he had been booted.Following his remarks to The Daily Star, Daher issued a statement saying his decision served to curb any "embarrassment" his comments may have caused the Future Bloc. Daher said the decision to suspend his membership stemmed from his opposition to taking down religious banners from Tripoli's main square after North Lebanon Governor Ramzi Nohra's ordered the removal of all political and religious insignia from the northern city.
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