Lebanese soldiers carry the coffin of soldier Khaled Mahmoud Khalil who was killed in clashes in Tripoli. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Army, HO)
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Lebanon Monday took the first major step toward setting the stage for holding the country's first parliamentary elections in nine years, when the Interior Ministry began receiving applications from people wishing to register their candidacy for the polls set for May 6 .Machnouk, a key figure in the Future Movement, has said he will run in the elections under a Future ticket in Beirut.On the first day of registration, only two candidates submitted their names for the elections, one for a Sunni seat in the north's second electoral district, Tripoli-Minyeh-Dinnieh, and the other for a Sunni seat in Beirut's second district, a statement released by Machnouk's media office said. The new vote divides Lebanon into 15 electoral districts and Lebanese citizens living overseas will vote for the first time.The launch of candidacy registration coincided with rising political tensions between Speaker Nabih Berri on one side, and President Michel Aoun and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil on the other.A meeting bringing Aoun, Berri and Hariri together set to be held at Baabda Palace Tuesday will seek to de-escalate tensions and bolster stability in the face of Israel's threats against Lebanon's offshore oil and gas exploration.
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