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Local media on Wednesday said Sidon was near consensus once a compromise agreement has been established between Popular Nasserite Movement Osama Saad and the election alliance that emerged last week headed by Mohammed al-Saudi.

They reported that Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri continued with their efforts to resolve the obstacles facing an agreement by consensus.

Berri met al-Saudi for one hour at his mansion in Msaileh in south Lebanon late Tuesday.

Following the meeting, al-Saudi said that 90 percent consensus on Sidon elections has been achieved.

News reports on Wednesday said Berri had suggested that Saad put forth 10 names so that al-Saudi would choose four.

An-Nahar said al-Saudi carried four names proposed by Saad. MP Bahia Hariri objected to one.

Al-Saudi contacted Saad again to inform him about Bahia’s stance, but leader of the Nasserite movement insisted he was holding onto the four candidates, considering the one Bahia vetoed as a “red line.”

An-Nahar said Berri will get in touch with Saad soon to pursue efforts to reach consensus.

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