The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Open windows between Hezbollah and Future? Barricades crumble from Bab al-Tabbaneh to the government
As residents of Jabal Mohsen and Bab al-Tabbaneh meet at the crumbling frontlines under the auspices of the Lebanese Army, which continues to extend its control over Tripoli, signs point to the possibility of the resumption of “political communication” between Hezbollah and the Future Movement after Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said that his camp has serious intentions of reopening communication channels with Hezbollah.
Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan agreed with Rifi, emphasizing Hezbollah’s desire to reach an understanding with all parties.
Oil and gas on the road to exploration ... appointments made ... Tripoli celebrates return of peace
State regains momentum at the government, legislative and security levels
After a long wait, the Cabinet has accomplished a lot. It made new appointments and succeeded in initiating the first steps towards oil and gas exploration while the security plan for Tripoli went forward successfully for a second day, restoring an atmosphere of stability that has been absent for many years in the northern city.
On the other side, Parliament, too, had a successful second day as it approved amendments proposed by Electricite Du Liban part-time workers and referred a salary raise bill to parliamentary committees for approval.
Ali Eid to Syria, Rifaat Eid to the U.S. and field commanders to the camps
Sources following up on the security plan for Tripoli said Arab Democratic Party leader and former MP Ali Eid fled Lebanon to Syria and that his son, Rifaat Eid, left for the United States on the eve of the implementation of the Tripoli security plan.
The paper said their departure was made possible due to the lack of warrants out against them.
Information obtained by An-Nahar said that a number of individuals wanted in connection with the gunbattles in Tripoli, including field commanders, took shelter in refugee camps in south Lebanon.
Geagea to announce his candidacy for the presidency tomorrow
The first person among the March 8 and March 14 camps to announce his candidacy for the presidency is Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.
The March 8 camp has not yet made up its mind about who in the coalition it intends to nominate for the presidency.
Al-Akhbar has learned that Geagea’s official nomination will take place from the LF headquarters in Maarab Friday.
Geagea, however, will not announce his political platform, which is still being drafted by party officials.
No new president until September?
Despite all that's going on in terms of preparations for the presidential election, a political leader raised concerns about the possibility of meeting the constitutional deadline to elect a new head of state.
Signs indicate that no new president will be elected during the constitutional period, which began March 25 and ends May 25.
Officials in Bkirki denied media reports that the Maronite patriarchate had suggested four names.
The political leader believes an agreement on a single candidate is needed between Bkirki and Maronite leaders, particularly Christians, because a compromise would be difficult to achieve in light of the nomination of Kataeb Party leader Amin Gemayel, MP Michel Aoun, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh.
Most likely, according to the political leader, the president’s seat will remain empty until September.