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Prime Minister Saad Hariri sounded upbeat Tuesday about breaking the monthslong deadlock over an electoral law, saying he expected an agreement on a new voting system to be reached within the next few days.Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Tuesday to continue supporting Lebanon to help it cope with the heavy burden of hosting over 1 million Syrian refugees. Merkel spoke at a joint news conference with Hariri in Berlin. The Lebanese premier visited Germany as part of a three-nation European tour aimed at drumming up financial support from the international community to help Lebanon face the dire economic consequences of hosting as many as 1.5 million Syrian refugees, based on Lebanese government estimates, whose presence is straining the country's struggling economy and weak infrastructure.It said that discussions continued over a lunch hosted by Merkel.Speaking at a joint news conference ahead of her meeting with Hariri in Berlin, Merkel praised Lebanon for hosting this large number of Syrian refugees, pledging that Germany would continue its support for the country.
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