Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora chairs the regular meeting of the Future bloc Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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The parliamentary Future bloc Tuesday upheld its support for the government and national dialogue, in a clear rebuff to Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah who had implicitly called on the bloc to quit both the Cabinet and the all-party talks.Future's stance, part of the ongoing political escalation with Hezbollah, came two days after Nasrallah said he didn't care if the movement's ministers resigned from the government or walked out of national dialogue. The Future bloc denounced what it termed Nasrallah's "arrogant" remarks concerning the movement's participation in the government and national dialogue, launched by Speaker Nabih Berri last month with the aim of reaching an agreement on the election of a president and ending paralysis in the executive and legislative branches of power.The latest verbal Future-Hezbollah feud was triggered by Machnouk's speech last week in which he said that the Future Movement would quit the government and withdraw from national dialogue if the Cabinet's work continued to be obstructed by the FPM and Hezbollah.Berri said Tuesday he had contacted all members of the national dialogue and invited them to a new session in Parliament next Monday.Before the session, Berri held a closed-door meeting with Salam to discuss ways of resuming the Cabinet sessions.
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