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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 24, 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-Akhbar

Second round of voting: Search for a president, not a candidate

During Wednesday’s parliamentary session to elect a new president for Lebanon, the use of blank votes by a large parliamentary bloc proved the best way to face an opponent who has insisted on the need to participate in the first round of elections.

However, boycotting next Wednesday’s parliamentary session will likely be the most useful weapon to block a quorum before an agreement has been reached on a president, not a candidate.

Al-Joumhouria

Internal political activity, but game is external

After Wednesday’s session to elect a new head of state it is clear that the situation was not ripe yet to allow a new Lebanese president to emerge.

Despite all the calls for a “made-in-Lebanon” president , deliberations took place in countries like Qatar, for example, to influence some MPs, including those from Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya. Other countries also made efforts to develop a regional settlement on the election.

Lebanon must therefore wait for elections in Egypt, Iraq and particularly Syria because these elections will certainly change the regional picture, specifically the relationship between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Mustaqbal

Abdo: Hariri worried about a power vacuum

Former Lebanese Ambassador to France Johnny Abdo ruled out achieving quorum at next week's parliamentary session to elect a new president.

Abdo, in an interview with Future TV, said he expects a power vacuum after the failure to elect a new head of state before the end of President Michel Sleiman’s term in May.

He said former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is very worried about a power vacuum.

As-Safir

Aounists: Serious negotiations begin today

For the Aounists, the only changeable factor is Saad Hariri’s position. Either he decides to put his hand in Gen. Aoun’s in an effort to pave the way for a compromise over the presidential election or he will leave the presidency to face more postponements.

Serious negotiations with General Aoun should start now ... unless Hariri wants to hide behind Samir Geagea’s “stubbornness.”

Ad-Diyar

UCC, GLC for more strikes next week

Next week will witness a series of activities starting with an Apr. 29 general strike called by the Union Coordination Committee to protest the non-approval of a pay hike.

Head of the General Labor Confederation Ghassan Ghosn also called for a general strike Apr.30.

The GLC called for higher taxes on profits of banks and companies.

 

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Summary

During Wednesday's parliamentary session to elect a new president for Lebanon, the use of blank votes by a large parliamentary bloc proved the best way to face an opponent who has insisted on the need to participate in the first round of elections.

However, boycotting next Wednesday's parliamentary session will likely be the most useful weapon to block a quorum before an agreement has been reached on a president, not a candidate.

After Wednesday's session to elect a new head of state it is clear that the situation was not ripe yet to allow a new Lebanese president to emerge.

Abdo: Hariri worried about a power vacuum

Abdo, in an interview with Future TV, said he expects a power vacuum after the failure to elect a new head of state before the end of President Michel Sleiman's term in May.

He said former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is very worried about a power vacuum.


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