Hariri greets supporters in West Bekaa, Saturday, March 31, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Declaring that the upcoming parliamentary elections would be different from previous polls, Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged the Future Movement's supporters to vote in high numbers to protect the Sunni community against attempts targeting it.Hariri also defended the Future Movement's dialogue with its political foe, Hezbollah, saying talks are held with groups with whom his party is at loggerheads, rather than with those with whom it is in agreement.Hariri was referring to the uncertainty brought with the new proportional vote law – with Lebanon divided into 15 electoral districts –that includes preferential voting.Hariri renewed his call for a high voter turnout on May 6 to secure parliamentary seats for his list.During the announcement of the Future Movement's electoral list for the Beirut-II district last month, Hariri touted the elections as a "confrontation" between the Future Movement and Hezbollah over who controls the decision-making in Beirut.Hariri told supporters.Hariri defended the CEDRE conference, also known as Paris IV, saying the international meeting would endorse projects that could create an estimated 900,000 jobs in Lebanon.
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