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Lebanon's stability will be secured through the political representation ensured by the new electoral law, President Michel Aoun said Thursday, as winners from the weekend's elections started preparing for the formation of a new government. While Lebanon has cleared one hurdle with the completion of long-delayed parliamentary elections, it now faces the next challenge of allocating blocs the various portfolios.Lebanon's first parliamentary elections in nine years were held under a new proportional system to replace the majoritarian one.Aoun also called on the diaspora to engage in the economic development of Lebanon after taking part in their historic first-time participation in the elections.Cabinet will then become a caretaker government as of May 21 until a new government is formed following negotiations.AThe alliance of Berri's Amal Movement and Hezbollah took all but one Shiite seat in Parliament in the elections.The source said that Aoun thinks it is still too early to talk about this.Hariri received Egyptian Ambassador to Lebanon Nazih al-Najjari, who congratulated the premier on the result of the parliamentary elections, calling Hariri a leader of "moderation in Lebanon and the whole region".The International Support Group for Lebanon also issued a joint statement congratulating the Lebanese people and authorities on the elections.
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