Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic Press Digest - April 27, 2014

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.


Wednesday’s session: No quorum, no election

While the political scene will be the focus of this week with Wednesday's second round of voting in Parliament amid a possible loss of quorum, eyes will also turn to the streets as unions prepare to protest in favor of the public sector salary scale.

There is no information indicating that the parliament session will attain quorum while parliamentary sources say that there were no new developments in the presidential election given that the circumstances from last week’s session have not changed.

The only development that could shuffle the cards once again is MP Michel Aoun's candidacy, the sources said.

MP Salim Salhab told the Central News Agency that there was a possibility Aoun will enter the presidential race prior to Wednesday’s session, voicing optimism that political factions would reach an agreement before that day.


Abu Faour confirms bloc attendance at all sessions. Hezbollah to candidates: the resistance test

While the Lebanese public waits for Wednesday’s session to elect a new president, March 8 forces are leaning toward a boycott and Hezbollah insists on refraining from naming a candidate.

In what seems to be a test of the presidency, Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi asked six questions to presidential hopefuls despite the fact that the bloc will not take part in next week's session. The questions concerned the candidate’s plan to liberate the rest of occupied Lebanese territory and defend Lebanon against aggression, as well as the candidate's stance on the resistance, people who support the resistance, the way the candidate would deal with the resistance, capabilities of state-building and whether the candidate can represent a strong state capable of fending off Israeli aggression.

Meanwhile, the National Struggle Front will participate in Wednesday’s session. Minister Wael Abu Faour confirmed to Al-Mustaqbal that the session would most probably witness a scenario similar to last week.


The presidential election moving towards the unknown

Confusion and tensions dominate the atmosphere when it comes to the presidential election as neither of the two rival factions has secured a majority for their respective candidates, raising fears of a vacuum.

Sources following up on the election said nothing was clear yet, which makes it harder to elect a new president prior to May 25.

Sources close to MP Michel Aoun say the former general was confident the Future Movement will support his candidacy when he announces it. But Hariri is most probably expecting certain things from Aoun and he is also waiting for the regional-international atmosphere to become clearer because the presidency is a fundamental and strategic issue in these circumstances, a source close to the issue said.





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