Nabih Berri speaks with Gebran Bassil in Baabda, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Free Patriotic Movement head Gebran Bassil traded barbs Saturday during separate electoral speeches in southern Lebanon, in the latest episode of a prolonged feud between the two.During a speech in the southern district of Jezzine where Bassil announced the FPM's joint list with Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya, just a week ahead of May 6 elections, the FPM leader said Berri's Amal Movement had neglected the region's development from "1990 to 2008 ". Lebanon's 2017 electoral law united Sidon and Jezzine under one electoral district for the first time. Berri responded to Bassil's remarks at an electoral rally later in the day in the southern city of Tyre.Without naming Bassil directly, Berri said that the FPM head had embarked on "sectarian tours" of Lebanon that aimed to aggravate "the pains of the people".
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