Hariri greets supporters in Sidon, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Declaring that the next four years will be "historic" for Lebanon and the region after this week's general elections, Prime Minister Saad Hariri warned Wednesday of dire consequences for the country if his Future Movement did not gain a large bloc in the next Parliament.It was Hariri's strongest appeal to rally his power base ahead of Sunday's parliamentary elections, Lebanon's first in nine years, described by the prime minister and other top leaders as "crucial" because its outcome would determine the country's political future for the next four years.Hariri, who has just wrapped up a four day-electoral campaign tour of the north, traveled Wednesday to his hometown in the southern city of Sidon, promising that the city could serve as a platform for Lebanon's oil and gas operations.Addressing a popular rally organized at the residence of his uncle Shafik Hariri, Hariri said that Sidon would Sunday break the blockade imposed on its political decision and its Arab identity, and on its loyalty to Rafik Hariri. Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea hit back at Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah, a day after the Hezbollah leader accused the LF and the Future Movement of supporting terrorist groups.
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