In the afternoon, Hariri’s tour took him to a number of towns where he was warmly welcomed by large groups of citizens. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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With nine days left before Lebanon's general elections and with the electoral race at a fever pitch, Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday highlighted the importance of promoting moderation and renouncing extremism amid the wars and conflicts ravaging the volatile Middle East region. Hariri made a series of speeches during an electoral campaign tour of the northern city of Tripoli designed to rally supporters in the lead-up to parliamentary polls, set for May 6, Lebanon's first in nine years.The Tripoli tour, to be completed by visits to the northern towns of Minyeh and Dinnieh Saturday and to the Akkar region Sunday, comes as the electoral battle is heating up with opposing factions and blocs engaging in harsh rhetoric as part of tactics aimed at garnering votes in polls described by rival leaders as "crucial" because they would decide the country's political future for the next four years.Soon after landing in Tripoli in an Army helicopter, Hariri met with the Mufti of Tripoli and the North Sheikh Malek al-Shaar in the presence of Future Movement MP Samir Jisr, Future candidate Dima Jamali and a number of sheikhs from the north.Hariri called for a massive voter turnout.
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