BEIRUT

Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 3, 2014

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.

As-Safir

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.

Al-Mustaqbal

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.

An-Nahar

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.

Al-Akhbar

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.

Al-Joumhouria

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.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here