Hariri greets supporters in Ketermaya, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri urged voters Thursday to elect politicians who make the interest of Lebanon prevail over the interests of sects and parties, saying the outcome of the upcoming parliamentary elections was crucial to the fate of economic revival.After heading Thursday's Cabinet session, Prime Minister Saad Hariri continued his electoral campaigning with a visit to the Chouf district of Iqlim al-Kharroub, which culminated in a rally at the town of Barja, attended by thousands of Future Movement supporters.Hariri was accompanied by the Future Movement's two candidates for the area. List allies from the Progressive Socialist Party were noticeably missing. The PSP and its leader MP Walid Jumblatt have recently been critical of Hariri, especially after he went on a tour with PSP rival, Minister of Displaced Talal Arslan, to Hasbaya. Earlier in the day, the PSP released a statement confirming that there was no coordination between the parties and that its candidate Teymour Jumblatt would not participate in Hariri's tour.Hariri said certain problems shouldn't be postponed.Separately, President Michel Aoun thanked his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron for hosting the CEDRE conference, adding that the total $11 billion pledged to Lebanon would not be beneficial unless accompanied by necessary reforms.
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