A Lebanese flag made up of some 60,000 notebooks set a new Guinness World Record at the American University of Beirut. (The Daily Star/AUB HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri was quoted as saying Wednesday he supported Prime Minister Saad Hariri to form Lebanon's next government following Sunday's parliamentary elections, the country's first in nine years.Meanwhile, a Hezbollah Cabinet member sought to allay fears that the Iranian-backed party would try to dominate Lebanon following the results of the polls in which the group and its ally, Berri's Amal Movement, swept all but one of the 27 parliamentary seats allotted to the Shiite sect. Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea praised the new proportional vote law under which the weekend polls were conducted for the first time in Lebanon's history. The LF emerged a big winner from the elections, increasing its eight lawmakers in the outgoing Parliament to 16 MPs. Berri reiterated his demand that the Finance Ministry, currently held by his top political aide, MP Ali Hasan Khalil, be retained to the Shiite sect.The Future Movement has lost one-third of the 32-member bloc it had held since 2009, winning 20 parliamentary seats.
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