Hariri poses with orphans from Dar Al-Aytam al-Islamiya as he hosts an Iftar at his residence in Beirut, Thursday, June 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri reaffirmed the strength of Lebanon's ties to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Thursday, as he warned against any attempts to tarnish the two countries' historic relationship.He added that the Future Movement will remain loyal toward those who reciprocate its fidelity.He stressed that Saudi Arabia has been the most prominent and active supporter of Lebanon ever since the Taif Accord ended the bloody Lebanese Civil War. Hariri assumed responsibility for the results of municipal elections, staged across Lebanon last month.Beirut witnessed heated municipal elections last month after the independent list Beirut Madinati competed against the Beirutis List, backed by the Future Movement and the traditional political parties. The coalition backed by Hariri and former Prime Minister Najib Mikati won the remaining eight.Hariri underlined the importance of coexistence and equality between Lebanese factions, especially parity between Christian and Muslim representatives. The country's Christian constituents want to do away with the controversial 1960 law, which they claim undermines Christian representation in Parliament. They demand a new electoral law that would divide Lebanon into 26 districts within a winner-take-all system.
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