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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Apr. 15, 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.

Al-Mustaqbal

Hariri meets Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz to congratulate him

Pay scale lingers .... Security plan for Beirut this week

It seems that the salary raise issue remains in play after the pay hike draft law was supposed to enter a decisive phase today in Parliament’s assembly, parliamentary sources told Al-Mustaqbal.

Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri met Monday Saudi Arabia's Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, a former intelligence chief who was recently appointed deputy crown prince, and congratulated him on the new post.

Al-Mustaqbal has learned that as part of the government-approved security plan for north and east Lebanon, the plan is expected to expand to the capital, Beirut, before the end of this week.

Al-Joumhouria

Ahmad Hariri to Al-Joumhouria: Why didn’t Aoun nominate himself for the presidency yet?

Future Movement secretary-general Ahmad Hariri said there is no openness or bilateral meetings with Hezbollah.

However, Future Movement’s relationship with the Free Patriotic Movement is different, Hariri said during an interview with Al-Joumhouria, citing FPM head Michel Aoun’s openness to dialogue and his condemnation of Hezbollah’s role in Syria.

With regards to the presidential election, Hariri wondered why Aoun has not yet nominated himself.

As-Safir

Electricity maintenance workers strike today, to resume open-ended strike after Easter

Lebanon has two choices: position upgrade or darkness!

Starting Tuesday, Lebanon enters “electricity chaos” as Electricite Du Liban maintenance workers go on a two-day strike. They will resume an open-ended strike after the Easter holiday, demanding their positions be upgraded.

As-Safir has learned that work stoppage at the beleaguered EDL for two consecutive days is likely to lead to power cuts in several areas. Union sources warned that Lebanon would plunge into darkness should the open-ended strike go ahead.

Al-Akhbar

Hariri puts brakes on Rifi: No dialogue with Hezbollah ... now

Sources with knowledge of the talks between former PM Saad Hariri, Nader Hariri, Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk and Future bloc head Fouad Siniora told Al-Akhbar that the attendees “put the brakes on" Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi, who has made a push toward dialogue with Hezbollah.

The sources said that the participants in recent meetings with Hariri in Riyadh agreed on the need to maintain “security coordination” between Future and Hezbollah, but not at the political-security level.

An-Nahar

Parliament goes on alert, unions mobilize, no exit

Pay scale a minefield surrounding Parliament today

It is a rare moment for Lebanon to mobilize and go on alert on the eve of a decisive legislative session to approve the longstanding salary scale bill.

A heated debate is expected today in Parliament, which finds itself trapped inside a real minefield.

Regarding the presidential election, March 14 began consultations Monday with a meeting between Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel and head of the Future bloc Fouad Siniora.

 

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Summary

Hariri meets Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz to congratulate him

However, Future Movement's relationship with the Free Patriotic Movement is different, Hariri said during an interview with Al-Joumhouria, citing FPM head Michel Aoun's openness to dialogue and his condemnation of Hezbollah's role in Syria.

With regards to the presidential election, Hariri wondered why Aoun has not yet nominated himself.

Union sources warned that Lebanon would plunge into darkness should the open-ended strike go ahead.

The sources said that the participants in recent meetings with Hariri in Riyadh agreed on the need to maintain "security coordination" between Future and Hezbollah, but not at the political-security level.


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