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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 29, 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

Aoun: Now is the time to build a state by electing me president

Sources close to Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun quoted Aoun as saying that now is the time to build a state by electing him president for Lebanon.

Aoun believes that not nominating himself for the presidency for the moment – pending talks with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the inability to guarantee quorum – tilts things in his favor, even if elections are delayed until after May 25.

As-Safir

Israel provokes trouble in Wazzani, Bir Blida

Salary scale surrounds presidential election in the street!

Israel has claimed that the Blue Line passes through the Wazzani River and Bir Blida in southern Lebanon.

The claim was accompanied by a swimming ban on the part of Wazzani that Israel alleges falls under its control as well as the use of the water well in Blida, a move that prompted Lebanese authorities to contact UNIFIL.

UNIFIL commander Maj. Gen. Paolo Serra will soon meet Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri to discuss the issue.

Al-Joumhouria

Future Movement not convinced Aoun should become president

No quorum and no parliamentary meeting Wednesday because the Future Movement will have informed Aoun officially that it won’t be able to vote for him as a consensus candidate.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will likely hear a clear message from former PM Saad Hariri: Future Movement decided it is not possible to elect Aoun a president.

Al-Mustaqbal

Future MPs: March 8 plan a long presidential vacuum

Lawmakers from the Future bloc warned Monday that the March 8 alliance is trying to create a long-lasting presidential vacuum.

MP Ammar Houri criticized March 8 for not yet announcing its presidential candidate.

MP Jean Ogassapian also said it is likely that quorum won’t be established for Wednesday’s meeting and warned of a presidential vacuum “that may last long.”

MP Bassem Shab said that talks between Hariri and Aoun would not “change anything on the ground.”

An-Nahar

Hariri, Rai, Bassil in Paris after Hale

Shuttle diplomacy on the presidential election is under way in Paris amid reports that Hariri met upon arrival in the French capital late Monday with Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil who traveled from Rome to meet the Future Movement leader.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai will also fly from Rome to Paris Tuesday and will likely meet Hariri.

An-Nahar has learned that U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale made a brief visit to Paris late last week for talks with French officials.

 
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Summary

Aoun: Now is the time to build a state by electing me president

Sources close to Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun quoted Aoun as saying that now is the time to build a state by electing him president for Lebanon.

Future Movement not convinced Aoun should become president

No quorum and no parliamentary meeting Wednesday because the Future Movement will have informed Aoun officially that it won't be able to vote for him as a consensus candidate.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil will likely hear a clear message from former PM Saad Hariri: Future Movement decided it is not possible to elect Aoun a president.

MP Ammar Houri criticized March 8 for not yet announcing its presidential candidate.


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