Called “the Future is for Beirut,” the 11-member list includes, among others, Hariri, former Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk.
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Describing the upcoming parliamentary elections as crucial, Prime Minister Saad Hariri Friday touted the vote as a "confrontation" between his Future Movement and Hezbollah over who controls the decision-making in Beirut. Hariri's stern remarks against Hezbollah were apparently designed to rally massive popular support in the lead up to Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years slated for May. Hariri appealed to Future supporters to cast their ballots on voting day on May 6, warning that Beirut's residents who opt to stay at home would be voting to Hezbollah. Earlier in the day, Hariri met with the head of the Saudi diplomatic mission in Lebanon Walid al-Bukhari at the premier's Downtown Beirut residence. The meeting focused on latest developments and bilateral relations between the two countries, a statement from Hariri's media office said. Earlier this month, Hariri paid a "very successful" three-day official visit to Riyadh during which he received a lavish welcome traditionally given to heads of state.
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