Samir Geagea and Ghattas Khoury meet in Maarab, Jan. 11, 2018. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub HO)
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The Future Movement has offered the Lebanese Forces a tripartite alliance along with the Free Patriotic Movement in some districts in the Bekaa region, Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury said Friday, as the electoral race is heating up amid a flurry of political activity aimed at accelerating the shape of coalitions ahead of parliamentary polls. Khoury met with LF chief Samir Geagea as a special envoy of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, part of ongoing talks to explore the prospects of an electoral coalition between the two former allied parties, whose relations have turned sour since Hariri's resignation, now rescinded, last year, in the lead up to Lebanon's first legislative elections in nine years set for May 6 . Khoury disclosed that he offered Geagea the possibility of a tripartite electoral alliance involving the Future Movement, the LF and the FPM in some districts and that he was waiting for the LF's response.Declaring that contacts between the Future Movement and the LF are "direct and open," Khoury said he expected to receive a response from Geagea to the Future offer within the next two days.He confirmed the Future Movement's electoral alliance with both the LF and MP Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party in the Chouf-Aley and Baabda districts.
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