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With less than five months to go before parliamentary elections, preparations by political parties for Lebanon's first polls in nine years appear to be gathering steam, amid high expectations that the fiercely contested battle would move into a full gear beginning next year.After meeting Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Sleiman Frangieh signaled Tuesday that his Marada Movement might forge an alliance with the Future Movement during the parliamentary elections.This was Frangieh's clearest indication yet that his Marada Movement and the Future Movement might be edging toward forming an electoral alliance.Despite tense ties with the FPM strained by last year's election of Michel Aoun as president, Frangieh, who was Aoun's main presidential rival, said he was ready to meet with the FPM leader and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil. "Our doors are always open to Minister Gebran Bassil and others, but no one has spoken to us about this," he said.Commenting on the unstable relationship between his party and the Lebanese Forces, Frangieh said that there was dialogue, but not alliance, with the LF. Hariri chaired the weekly meeting of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc, which underlined the importance of all Lebanese parties' adherence to the dissociation policy.
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