An image grab taken from al-Manar TV on May 14, 2018, shows the leader the Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised speech at an unknown location on May 14, 2018. "AFP PHOTO / AL-MANAR"
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Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah called Monday on rival political leaders to cooperate to quickly form a new government following last week's general elections in order to shield Lebanon from the repercussions of mounting regional tensions.Nasrallah also said that Nabih Berri would be re-elected smoothly as Parliament speaker next week, adding that there would similarly be no problem over the election of a deputy speaker, a post allotted to a Greek Orthodox lawmaker.The biggest winners from the May 6 polls, marked by a weak voter turnout, are the Free Patriotic Movement, which increased its 21 MPs to 29, including allies, and the Amal Movement-Hezbollah coalition, which along with their allies can muster a bloc of more than 40 MPs, while the Lebanese Forces won 15 seats.Following Berri's re-election as speaker, Nasrallah said consultations would begin on the formation of a new government.Nasrallah's speech came a day after Berri called for a swift formation of "a national unity government" that embraces all the parties to cope with what he called a "terrible" economic situation.Berri said a Parliament session would be held on May 22 to elect a Parliament speaker, a deputy speaker and members of the legislature's Secretariat.
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