New clashes erupt between Lebanese protesters, security forces

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BEIRUT, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of Lebanese protesters took to the streets in downtown Beirut on Saturday ahead of the parliamentary elections, LDC local TV channel reported.

Protesters attempted to break into the parliament in downtown Beirut by pushing through steel barriers, prompting riot police and security forces to fire tear gas canisters to disperse demonstrators.

Lebanon has been witnessing nationwide protests since Oct. 17 aimed at achieving a complete change in the current ruling political class.

Protests have so far succeeded in toppling the government of Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun is expected to hold parliamentary consultations on Monday to appoint a new prime minister capable of forming a government strong enough to make serious economic reforms that would save the country.

Political sources said on Saturday that parliamentary blocs will be likely to name Hariri as the prime minister again.

However, protesters voiced their rejection for Hariri while calling for the appointment of an independent and professional figure that can implement reforms in a serious manner.

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