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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 7, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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.

Al-Akhbar

Aoun rejects idea of consensus candidate: Jumblatt sources

Free Patriotic Movement sources said MP Walid Jumblatt requested a meeting with Gen. Michel after holding talks with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

Meanwhile, sources close to Jumblatt said the meeting was called to find out what Aoun thought about a consensus presidential candidate.

The sources said Jumblatt presented his point of view concerning the possibility of reversing his candidacy for the sake of a consensus nominee, but Aoun rejected the idea.

Aoun, according to the sources, hinted that he would press forward with his nomination to become president of Lebanon.

Separately, militants warned the Lebanese Army against cease-fire violations in Arsal.

They said that next time the cease-fire was breached “we will detonate car bombs at Army bases.”

Al-Joumhouria

Saudi grant will be ready in next few hours

Ministerial sources told Al-Joumhouria that the $1 billion Saudi grant allocated for Lebanese security forces for fighting terrorism would be ready in the next few hours.

The sources said the money, which is now at the disposal of former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, would be spent in parallel among Lebanese Army Intelligence, the International Security Forces’ Information Branch, General Security and State Security.

An-Nahar

More than 30 trucks carrying Nusra Front militants left Arsal

Sources told An-Nahar that more than 30 trucks carrying heavily armed men brandishing Nusra Front banners left Arsal toward the barren terrain.

 

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Summary

Aoun rejects idea of consensus candidate: Jumblatt sources

Free Patriotic Movement sources said MP Walid Jumblatt requested a meeting with Gen. Michel after holding talks with Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.

Meanwhile, sources close to Jumblatt said the meeting was called to find out what Aoun thought about a consensus presidential candidate.

Ministerial sources told Al-Joumhouria that the $1 billion Saudi grant allocated for Lebanese security forces for fighting terrorism would be ready in the next few hours.


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