Lebanon's Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil takes photos of the parliamentary re-elected speaker Nabih Berri with outgoing Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri at the parliament in Beirut, Lebanon May 23, 2018. Lebanese Parliament/Handout via REUTERS
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Hariri gained the support of 111 out of a possible 128 MPs after binding consultations with President Michel Aoun took place throughout the day at Baabda Palace.Baalbeck-Hermel MP Jamil al-Sayyed, another Hezbollah ally, also abstained, saying Hariri would undoubtedly receive enough votes without his.On the other side of the spectrum, Free Patriotic Movement head Gebran Bassil announced that the FPM's Strong Lebanon bloc backed Hariri for the premiership.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea also announced that his party's Strong Republic bloc supported Hariri.
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