Nabih Berri announces the names of the movement’s candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections during a press conference at his Ain al-Tineh residence Monday on Feb. 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As electoral lists start to be announced, some of the 917 registered candidates are racing to secure a place before Monday's deadline in order to run in parliamentary elections on May 6 .An additional candidate was eliminated for violating Article 8 of the electoral law, which covers conflicts of interest that bar candidates – this includes military personnel, members of the Constitutional Council and heads of municipalities, among others.If candidates are not able to form or join an electoral list by Monday, they will be unable to continue running for Parliament but will not be reimbursed the LL8,000,000 ($5,330) registration fee. Speaker Nabih Berri met with the head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc MP Mohammad Raad and the two discussed the elections. After the meeting held at Berri's south Lebanon residence in Msayleh, Raad spoke of the strong bond between Amal Movement and Hezbollah. Prime Minister Saad Hariri held a number of meetings to discuss the elections as multiple candidates put their fate in the premier's hands.By contrast, the 2017 state budget took seven months for Parliament to ratify.Hariri also met Thursday with Norwegian Ambassador to Lebanon Lene Lind.
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