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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 18, 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-Joumhouria

Aoun to Al-Joumhouria: I will only nominate myself as a consensus candidate

“I am a consensus candidate. Either I will announce my candidacy on this basis or I won’t [announce it at all],” Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun tells Al-Joumhouria.

Aoun is adamant that consensus among the country’s political and sectarian components is key to saving Lebanon.

He believes a controversial candidate could prolong the multiple crises affecting Lebanon.

Al-Akhbar

SLT ordered Lebanon to suppress the media

Al-Jadid television channel revealed Thursday that the Special Tribunal for Lebanon has asked the Justice Ministry to inform the media, through the Information Ministry, of the need to comply with the texts of court rulings.

Al-Akhbar said the STL move aims at banning the media from publishing any information related to the work of the Hariri court.

As-Safir

Will a presidential “vacuum” extend Parliament’s mandate?

It looks like the April 23 session to elect a new president is merely an “out of obligation” session before political leaders start looking into an inevitable presidential deal.

According to well-informed Lebanese sources, the likelihood of a presidential vacuum led some Lebanese parties to broach the need to extend Parliament’s mandate by one year until the fall of 2015.

The sources told As-Safir that a tentative consensus was reached on the proposed extension.

An-Nahar

March 14 looking for presidential candidate and March 8 hides its candidate

An-Nahar has learned that a series of discussions about the possible candidate to be named took place Thursday between the Future Movement and the head of the Progressive Socialist Party, MP Walid Jumblatt.

Similar talks took place between the Lebanese Forces headquarters in Maarab and the Kataeb party amid March 8 silence on this issue.

Ad-Diyar

Berri: Time not ripe for presidential vote and Aoun is March 8’s only candidate

Parliamentary blocs will attend Wednesday’s first session

Kataeb: Gemayel the most powerful of the four candidates

Pay hike gone with the wind

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said the time is not yet ripe to talk about a presidential vote.

However, Berri expected new developments to surface by Wednesday.

He said March 8 has just one candidate – Michel Aoun - while March 14 has a number of presidential candidates.

Meanwhile, MP Fadi Habr said Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel was the most powerful of the four presidential candidates.

 

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Summary

Aoun to Al-Joumhouria: I will only nominate myself as a consensus candidate

March 14 looking for presidential candidate and March 8 hides its candidate

Berri: Time not ripe for presidential vote and Aoun is March 8's only candidate

Kataeb: Gemayel the most powerful of the four candidates

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri said the time is not yet ripe to talk about a presidential vote.

However, Berri expected new developments to surface by Wednesday.

He said March 8 has just one candidate – Michel Aoun -- while March 14 has a number of presidential candidates.

Meanwhile, MP Fadi Habr said Kataeb party leader Amin Gemayel was the most powerful of the four presidential candidates.


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