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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 28, 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

No president Wednesday ... Berri seeking a new method

Committee wrapping up pay hike plan

All local indications suggest no breakthrough in the presidential election.

There is great uncertainty among parliamentary blocs surrounding Wednesday’s parliamentary session which may not meet for lack of quorum.

Meanwhile, the pay raise committee was back at work in an effort to finalize its plan before the end of April although it has yet to decide on payment in installments and tax increase, according to Committee member Ghazi Youssef.

Youssef told An-Nahar that the pay scale would cost the government LL1669 billion, and not LL2600 or LL2950.

As-Safir

A “boiling” week for Unions ... presidential elections “on hold”

Indications show that quorum won’t be achieved for Wednesday’s session to elect a new president.

It seems the March 8 and March 14 political camps prefer to delay the election until the results of ongoing negotiations between Gen. Michel Aoun and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri emerge.

Ad-Diyar

No quorum Wednesday before deal on consensus presidential candidate

Berri: My classic behavior will only last the coming two sessions

Bassil meets Hariri – Abu Faour in Saudi – Youssef: No agreement with Aoun

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told Ad-Diyar he would stop behaving "classically" with the presidential election issue.

“Dealing in a classic way with the election will not last long. It will only last the coming two sessions,” he told Ad-Diyar.

Ad-Diyar has learned that talks are ongoing between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Future Movement.

Ad-Diyar has also learned that Minister Gebran Bassil will meet PM Saad Hariri soon.

Prominent sources told Ad-Diyar that the Americans, French, Russians and Europeans have informed Lebanon that they don’t veto any presidential candidate and that they would support any president the Lebanese agree on.

Al-Liwaa

Cold Lebanon war on presidential front .... Jumblatt envoy to Hariri

Hezbollah: No room for anti-Resistance president

March 14: Aoun provocative

Minister Wael Abu Faour is trying to split his journey to Saudi Arabia in order to meet MP Saad Hariri – if conditions allow – and the concerned sides in the kingdom that seek to support what the Lebanese agree on.

Abu Faour’s activity comes after PSP head Walid Jumblatt revealed that his role in the presidential election is similar to that in the formation of the Tammam Salam government.

Meanwhile, Minister Butros Harb said March 14 is not enthusiastic about electing Aoun since the alliance does not consider him a consensus candidate due to his provocative history.

Al-Joumhouria

Berri: I will change my classic way of dealing with elections

Kataeb Party MP Elie Marouni told Al-Joumhouria that March 14 “won’t be able to make [LF leader Samir] Geagea president.”

“The Kataeb is looking for an alternative candidate among its ranks,” he added.

He said March 14 will elect Geagea in the second round, but it will reconsider the way they run the electoral battle to achieve more favorable conditions.

"We will stay united, and we will elect the luckier candidate who can make it to the top post, be it Geagea or [Katab party leader] Amin Gemayel,” Marouni said.

 
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Summary

No president Wednesday ... Berri seeking a new method

Bassil meets Hariri – Abu Faour in Saudi – Youssef: No agreement with Aoun

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told Ad-Diyar he would stop behaving "classically" with the presidential election issue.

Ad-Diyar has also learned that Minister Gebran Bassil will meet PM Saad Hariri soon.

Prominent sources told Ad-Diyar that the Americans, French, Russians and Europeans have informed Lebanon that they don't veto any presidential candidate and that they would support any president the Lebanese agree on.

Abu Faour's activity comes after PSP head Walid Jumblatt revealed that his role in the presidential election is similar to that in the formation of the Tammam Salam government.

Berri: I will change my classic way of dealing with elections


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