Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, Feb. 17

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ISTANBUL -- Turkey's central bank is expected to cut its policy rate by 50 basis points, the survey conducted by the state-run Anadolu agency revealed on Monday.

A total of 21 economists have joined in the poll, Anadolu noted, adding 14 of them expected a decline in the policy rate, ranging between 25 and 75 basis points. (Turkey-Rate)

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BEIRUT -- Iran's Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani said Monday that his country is ready to help Lebanon in all fields amid an absence of support by the international community, local Al Manar TV channel reported.

"We have discussed today with Lebanese officials the potential of offering support to Lebanon's industry, economy and agriculture," Larijani said during a press conference held at the Iranian embassy in Lebanon. (Lebanon-Iran-Cooperation)

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JERUSALEM -- Opinion polls on Monday showed that Israel's political deadlock may continue after the upcoming national elections.

A poll released by News 13 news TV channel predicts the centrist Blue and White party, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival, Benny Gantz, will gain 36 seats. The Likud, Netanyahu's right-wing party, is expected to gain 33 seats. (Isreal-Political Deadlock)

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TUNIS -- Tunisian President Kais Saied said on Monday that he will dissolve parliament if the government of Prime Minister-designate Elyes Fakhfakh fails to obtain parliamentary confidence vote.

Saied's statements came after the Ennahdha Party officially announced it would not vote for the Fakhfakh's government. (Tunisia-Government) Enditem

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