Hariri salutes supporters in Arsal. (The Daily Star, Dalati & Nohra)
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With 13 days before Lebanon's parliamentary polls, the electoral battle has taken a fresh twist, with Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah blaming the Future Movement for the country's deteriorating economy and Prime Minister Saad Hariri hitting back, accusing the Hezbollah leader of using sectarian incitement to garner votes.Hariri Sunday capped a two-day campaign tour of the Bekaa region, where he called on Future Movement supporters to vote in high numbers, warning them that the electoral battle was between two conflicting paths: protecting the country from the region's wars or involving the country in the region's wars, in a clear reference to Hezbollah's deep involvement in the 7-year-old war in neighboring Syria. Hariri sang the praises of the Bekaa and promised big infrastructure projects for the region, while blasting Hezbollah for inflaming sectarian feelings against the Future Movement. Addressing a rally in the town of Majdal Anjar Saturday, Hariri lashed out at Hezbollah, accusing the party of resorting to sectarian mobilization against the Future Movement in a bid to gain votes.Hariri wound up his Bekaa tour by visiting the town of Arsal Sunday evening.
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