Free Patriotic Movement founder and Change and Reform parliamentary bloc leader Michel Aoun speaks during a commemoration in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, March 14, 2016. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Aoun's remarks drew a quick response from Berri through his top political aide, Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, who implicitly hit back at Aoun in a speech during a ceremony marking the foundation of the Amal Movement held at the Lebanese University in Hadath.Aoun slammed the extension of Parliament's mandate twice since 2013 . Aoun is seeking parliamentary elections before a presidential vote because the current Parliament, in his view, no longer represents the Lebanese people, the sources said.This has left Aoun alone confronting what he views as "corrupt" politicians in the past 11 years, the sources said.This did not help in persuading the people of democracy which Aoun has been demanding.
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