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Parliamentary elections, Lebanon's first in nine years, and the implementation of the government's fresh dissociation policy toward regional conflicts, seen as vital for improving relations with Arab Gulf countries strained by Hezbollah's involvement in the 6-year-old war in Syria and the party's alleged interference in regional disputes, present the government and Aoun's term with two tough challenges in their second year in office.Chairing the Cabinet's last session this year on Dec. 19, Hariri promised to hold parliamentary elections on time.The elections, Lebanon's first since 2009, will be held under a new vote law based on proportional representation – with Lebanon divided into 15 electoral districts – that was ratified by Parliament on June 16 .
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