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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 23, 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.

An-Nahar

March 14 unanimously supports Geagea for presidency

Helou nominated to avoid power vacuum, not to compete with anyone

Parliament today will postpone the presidential election after all candidates fail to get two-thirds of the vote by MPs in the first round, and with the second round not expected to achieve quorum.

A faltering presidential election threatens to result in a power vacuum. Sources, however, told An-Nahar that serious negotiations will kick off after today’s parliamentary session to be followed by a flurry of talks with ambassadors whose countries are involved in the Lebanon dossier.

As-Safir

Future bloc pays its dues to Geagea

First parliamentary session: “red ballots”

No true presidential candidate in today's session, which will witness a competition between Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and MP Henry Helou.

Today’s session will be more or less "ornamental" and not a true battle.

However, serious names would be discussed after the second round.

Al-Mustaqbal

Tfail plan a success, residents urge government to do more

An emergency plan was launched Tuesday and relief supplies successfully made it to the cut-off border town of Tfail in the Bekaa Valley.

Tfail residents recited traditional chants to welcome the relief convoy and urged the government to continue its efforts.

Al-Liwaa

After the first session: Contestants leave the race for the sake of consensus! Vote-distribution map

In the absence of consensus, the first session will end today without a new president for Lebanon pending foreign-backed deals, particularly the Saudi-Iranian consensus that enjoys European, American and Russian backing.

 
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Summary

Parliament today will postpone the presidential election after all candidates fail to get two-thirds of the vote by MPs in the first round, and with the second round not expected to achieve quorum.

Sources, however, told An-Nahar that serious negotiations will kick off after today's parliamentary session to be followed by a flurry of talks with ambassadors whose countries are involved in the Lebanon dossier.

No true presidential candidate in today's session, which will witness a competition between Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and MP Henry Helou.

Today's session will be more or less "ornamental" and not a true battle.


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