Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets with Speaker Nabih Berri at his Ain al-Tineh residence, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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Up until a little about two weeks ago, the airwaves were filled with electioneering rhetoric and vows of servitude from politicians trying to win parliamentary seats. Fair enough, as such speeches and pledges are part and parcel of election campaigns.The media blackout the day before the polls cleansed those same airwaves of those politicians' battle cries, giving the impression that the road ahead would be smooth and serene once the dust settled.One would have thought that with the elections behind us, winners and losers alike would respect the will of the people and proceed with the business of state-building, especially with the seemingly newfound sense of partnership among politicians and with the daunting task of tackling Lebanon's myriad challenges beckoning.
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