Arslan receives Hariri in Hasbaya, Friday, April 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah Friday rejected accusations by the Future Movement that his group was seeking to control the political decisions of Beirut through the upcoming parliamentary elections, saying that no party or movement should have a monopoly on the capital's representation. Nasrallah spoke in a televised speech addressing a Hezbollah rally in the southern suburb of Hadath to announce support for the electoral lists backed by Hezbollah, the Amal Movement, the Free Patriotic Movement and other allies in the Beirut II and Baabda districts.Nasrallah's remarks came a day after Hariri urged Future Movement supporters in Beirut to vote in high numbers in the elections and raise the turnout to 60-70 percent in order to prevent Hezbollah from controlling Beirut's political decisions.With only three weeks to go before Lebanon's first polls in nine years, both Nasrallah's and Hariri's speeches clearly aimed to rally popular support.Nasrallah criticized Hariri's Future Movement for its electoral slogan, which calls on Beirut residents to vote for the Future-backed lists to prevent Hezbollah from gaining control of the capital's political decision-making.
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