Hariri speaks during a meeting with a delegation of mukhtars at his Downtown Beirut residence.
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Berri open to alliances across sects and provincesConfirming his Amal Movement's electoral coalition with Hezbollah during next year's parliamentary elections, Speaker Nabih Berri said Sunday he was open to national broad-based alliances across Lebanon's sects and provinces. He also said he opposed the isolation of any political party, including the Lebanese Forces, whose relations with both the Future Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement have been strained recently.Declaring that an electoral alliance between the Amal Movement and Hezbollah during the upcoming elections was taken for granted, Berri said he was "open to all kinds of major national alliances across the sects and provinces".Yet, he asked whether the other political parties were willing to enter into such broad-based alliances in the lead up to parliamentary elections set for May next year.It was not immediately clear whether Berri was referring to the possibility of a five-party electoral alliance that was reportedly in the making grouping the Future Movement, the FPM, the Amal Movement, Hezbollah and the Progressive Socialist Party.
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