Speaker Nabih Berri speaks during a news conference in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Shiite duo of the Amal Movement and Hezbollah separately announced their candidates Monday for the upcoming parliamentary elections. The head of Amal, Speaker Nabih Berri, named 16 candidates, while Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah named 13 . Nasrallah announced in a televised speech Monday evening that Hezbollah candidates who win seats in the elections set for May 6, will not be put forward to be appointed as ministers in a future government. Anticipating criticism of Hezbollah's candidates, Nasrallah claimed that hundreds of millions of dollars had been spent tarnishing the group's image, and predicted that its candidates would become targets for online attacks from "Israeli and Gulf internet armies".Former General Security head Jamil al-Sayyed is expected to be a Hezbollah candidate for Baalbeck-Hermel; however, Nasrallah noted that only the candidacies of current members of the group were announced Monday.Berri, speaking from his Ain al-Tineh residence, said that his party will continue to hold onto the tripartite equation: the people, the Army and the resistance – one of the core principles of Hezbollah, the Amal Movement's ally.The candidates announced Monday by Amal and Hezbollah are as follows:
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