Minister Ghazi Zeaiter arrives to attend a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Agriculture Minister Ghazi Zeaiter said Thursday his Amal Movement was working to secure a general amnesty for those convicted of nonviolent crimes that would also clear tens of thousands of outstanding warrants.The Daily Star reported on Jan. 16 that a local group of influential families and clans, known as The Committee for the General Amnesty and Development of the Baalbeck-Hermel Region, was planning to boycott upcoming parliamentary elections or run candidates against the local established parties if the amnesty was not secured before voting begins.Zeaiter also said that development was a key part of the amnesty.The amnesty isn't expected to cover violent or high-level crimes.
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