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Declaring that Lebanon has entered a new political phase following Sunday's parliamentary elections, President Michel Aoun said Monday he would be calling for all-party national dialogue to discuss implementing the Taif Accord and devise a national defense strategy to protect the country against possible Israeli attacks. In a televised speech addressing the nation a day after Lebanon held peaceful elections, its first in nine years, Aoun also urged all parties to meet in Parliament and work together to build the state. Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has repeatedly stated the party's tripartite equation – "The Army, the people and the resistance" – is the best formula to defend Lebanon against possible Israeli aggression.Congratulating the Lebanese for voting under a new proportional electoral system for the first time, as well as congratulating the winning candidates, Aoun lamented the disappointing tepid voter turnout.Speaker Nabih Berri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil called separately for the new proportional vote law to be reevaluated and amended.Bassil, the leader of the FPM, also called for improving the new electoral law.
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