Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Apr. 30, 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.


Franjieh: A president will only be elected through consensus

Marada Movement leader Suleiman Franjieh said he is ready to nominate himself for the presidency.

“If they want a candidate from March 8, I will be a serious candidate,” Franjieh told Al-Jadeed television channel Tuesday.

Franjieh said there is a difference between a consensus president and reaching consensus on a president.


Hariri to Aoun: You still have a chance and these are our terms

FPM: Tomorrow is another day, May 7 the beginning of the battle to reclaim the presidential palace

According to sources, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has informed Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil that March 14 is willing to nominate MP Michel Aoun for the presidency if the Free Patriotic Movement leader approves March 14’s political agenda.

Hariri suggested that Aoun convince Christians, before Muslims, that he is fit as a consensus candidate.

Sources close to the FPM said May 7 will reveal lot of surprises. They said the relationship between Aoun’s political group and the Future Movement is likely to deteriorate with a return to a media war between the two parties.


Future bloc criminalizes Al-Akhbar, Al-Jadeed

Some MPs will attend Wednesday a gathering in solidarity with Al-Akhbar newspaper and Al-Jadeed television channel.

Head of Parliament’s Media and Telecoms Committee Hasan Fadlallah called for the gathering at 11 a.m. Wednesday to announce a stance against the STL decision to summon Al-Akhbar editor-in-chief Ibrahim al-Amin and Karma Khayyat, the deputy head of news at Al-Jadeed TV.

The Special Tribunal for Lebanon has accused the two journalists of obstructing justice and contempt after the two outlets published a list of alleged STL witnesses.


Hezbollah and Aoun will boycott today’s session

March 14 MPs – clinging to their only candidate, Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea – are expected to attend today’s parliamentary session designed to elect a new president.

Also present at the session will be MPs from Walid Jumblatt’s parliamentary bloc, which continues to support its centrist candidate Henry Helou, and lawmakers from Speaker Nabih Berri’s bloc.

The Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah's bloc will both boycott over lack of consensus on a candidate.





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