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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 25, 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

All your courts are invalid, and our voice will continue to chase you!

After years of procrastination, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon did not only spend hundreds of millions of dollars – half of them from the pockets of Lebanese citizens already suffering in poverty – but is expanding, today, to silence us on the atrocities committed.

However, we will not be intimidated, neither by an indictment nor summoning us to appear in court inside or outside of Lebanon.

Al-Mustaqbal

$2 million from Hariri to Tripoli

Future Movement politburo member Mustafa Alloush revealed that Future Movement leader Saad Hariri has allocated $2 million to revive Tripoli’s ailing economy after calm returned to the northern city.

Ad-Diyar

New March 8, March 14 strategy to reach long-term compromise on a candidate

Deputy head of the Future Movement Antoine Andraous called Thursday for the need to find a new strategy to break the deadlock over the presidential election and avoid a power vacuum in Lebanon.

Andraous also said March 14 should take new steps in coordination with MP Walid Jumblatt to prevent a such a scenario.

The Kataeb Party expressed similar remarks.

Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi called for opening the door to a new solution: A candidate who can win the support of the March 8 camp, adding that former President Amin Gemayel is capable of this.

Consequently, March 8 has to compromise over the presidential election.

Al-Joumhouria

Presidential election in locked loop

In many people’s opinion, insistence by the various political sides on holding on to their presidential candidates will not lead to the election of a new president in the second round set for Wednesday, not even by the end of the Constitutional deadline on May 25.

The situation will continue to lock Lebanon in a vicious circle.

An-Nahar

Berri, Rai seeking consensus presidential candidate

Aoun’s candidacy awaits Hariri consultations

An-Nahar has learned that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah have held separate consultations with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun seeking his position on his own nomination.

Aoun has asked both sides to be given some time to consult with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri before announcing his stance.

 

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Summary

Future Movement politburo member Mustafa Alloush revealed that Future Movement leader Saad Hariri has allocated $2 million to revive Tripoli's ailing economy after calm returned to the northern city.

Deputy head of the Future Movement Antoine Andraous called Thursday for the need to find a new strategy to break the deadlock over the presidential election and avoid a power vacuum in Lebanon.

Berri, Rai seeking consensus presidential candidate

An-Nahar has learned that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Hezbollah have held separate consultations with Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun seeking his position on his own nomination.

Aoun has asked both sides to be given some time to consult with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri before announcing his stance.


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