Hariri speaks during a ceremony at BIEL in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Rival political parties teamed up Friday in a rare show of solidarity to bolster national unity and stability two days after street protests by the Amal Movement's supporters in the Christian town of Hadath threatened to ignite sectarian violence. President Michel Aoun said that the political situation in the country was back to normal after a week of heightened tensions put the country on edge. Prime Minister Saad Hariri weighed in on the crisis pitting both Aoun and Bassil against Berri, saying that the lesson to be learned from the street protests was that the use of arms to resolve political differences would only lead to strife.Aoun spoke with Berri by telephone Thursday, easing heightened tensions stoked early this week by Bassil's offensive remarks against the speaker that triggered a wave of street protests by Berri's supporters who blocked main roads in various parts of the country with burning tires.Berri has denounced the Hadath incident, denying that Amal supporters were involved.
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