Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest near the Grand Serail in Beirut, Sunday, July 31, 2016. (The Daily Star/Stringer)
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Despite the major shifts in Lebanon's political scene over recent weeks, nine servicemen are still being held hostage by Daesh (ISIS), and their families have vowed not to let the case be forgotten by the new government. Hussein Youssef, the father of one of the nine soldiers in captivity, said he wouldn't congratulate President Michel Aoun on his election until he felt there was an achievement that warranted his praise.Youssef, who also acts as a spokesperson for the families, said that since Aoun was a former Army commander, he should work to bring the soldiers back.There are plans for a meeting between the families and the new president that will also include Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, Youssef said, adding that lines of communication with Hariri were open.
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