Hariri waves to supporters in Tripoli, Sunday, March 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Political parties announced electoral lists in droves over the weekend ahead of the registration deadline at midnight Monday, marking another milestone before May's parliamentary elections and shaping the battle lines for the coming campaign fights.As the deadline looms, a war of words has erupted between different political actors, the latest of which involving Prime Minister Saad Hariri, former Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and former Premier Najib Mikati. The premier also appeared to have directed a subtle jab at Mikati, who said last week during the launch of his electoral list that Tripoli didn't need a guardian or decision makers from outside the city.The premier also implicitly blasted Rifi, who is running against the Future Movement across the country.The premier described the Tripoli-Minyeh-Dinnieh district as the golden triangle that has long been loyal to the Future Movement and his father, former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.Mikati and Rifi hit back at Hariri in separate responses.As for Rifi, he called on Hariri to resign from the "Hezbollah government".The Future and LF alliance also announced Saturday the launch of the "Dignity and Development" 10-member list in Baalbeck-Hermel.The "Reconciliation" list for the Chouf-Aley district that will bring together the Progressive Socialist Party, the Lebanese Forces and the Future Movement was officially launched Saturday from the Mir Amin Palace in Beiteddine.
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