Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 9, 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.


Union demands to the street ... salary scale reduced

No winner in first presidential election session

Discussions of the joint parliamentary committees Tuesday focused on how much can be collected to finance the salary raise. So far, according to figures of the subcommittee in charge of this task, the committees can only source about LL1,500 billion, while the required amount is LL 2,900 billion. This means that the money to be made available is less than half the funding needed for the pay hike plan.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said a two-third quorum would be secured for the first session to elect a new president, but added that “certainly” there will be no winner in the first round of the presidential vote.


Security plan imminent in Bekaa ... two soldiers killed in Akkar

Everybody to the street against “error-ridden government”

A security plan in the Bekaa Valley Tuesday evening coincided with a serious assault on the Lebanese Army in Akkar, where gunmen in a red Honda opened fire on a military patrol in Qammoua, killing officer Joe Fraifer and Sgt. Fawzi al-Ali. The attack also wounded Sgt. Michel Tawfiq.

Security sources identified the assailant as Ali T., a Takfiri extremist from Fneideq.


New mechanism for appointments in Cabinet, Civil Defense plan to Parliament

Berri calms down UCC ... Officer, soldier killed in “Qammoua attack"

Salameh to Al-Liwaa: the Treasury can endure 24 percent without shaking the currency's strength

A ministerial source said Cabinet has decided not to discuss any issue that is not on the agenda. This means that appointments are subject to a new mechanism that calls on the minister to refer his favorite candidate to the Cabinet office, which will add it to the agenda.

As the joint parliamentary committees failed to reach an agreement on ways to fund the salary scale, Speaker Nabih Berri stepped in to calm down an angry Union Coordination Union, which hinted at a strike Wednesday to protest the delay of the pay hike.

Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh told Al-Liwaa that the Treasury can annually endure 24 percent of the salary scale costs without shaking the strength of the currency.


Cabinet session without appointments ... Security plan in Tripoli passes the test

Contrary to expectations, the Cabinet did not approve any new appointments because of reported differences between Amal and Hezbollah ministers over who would get the top Customs post.

Ministerial sources told Al-Mustaqbal that the issue of appointments was not discussed during a Cabinet meeting Tuesday and that it is likely to be postponed to the next Cabinet session.

Tripoli overcame a mishap after dozens of young men briefly blocked roads near Bab al-Tabbaneh and Baddawi.

However, the incident in which two soldiers were killed and a third wounded in the Akkar region of QammouaTuesday evening marred the success of the security plan in Tripoli.

Fneideq mayor Khaldoun Taleb condemned the shooting and said his nephew, Ali Hussein Taleb, was behind the attack on the Army patrol.


Ambush kills two soldiers in Akkar

A Lebanese Army patrol was ambushed Tuesday evening in Qammoua, killing an officer and a soldier.

The Lebanese Army arrested a suspect in connection with the ambush and launched an investigation into the shooting.





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