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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 12, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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-Joumhouria

Hariri receives list of need-based military aid

Al-Joumhouria has learned that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has received a list of the military equipment needed by the Lebanese Army, only 48 hours before the Cabinet is due to meet to discuss a mechanism to accept the new $1 billion Saudi need-based aid for the struggling Army.

Al-Akhbar

March 14 accepts six-month Parliament extension

March 14 sources told Al-Akhbar that the Future Movement-led coalition was considering two options: Either press for timely elections and work to elect a new president or agree to extend Parliament’s mandate for six months.

The sources said March 14 rejects Parliament's extension for two years.

An-Nahar

Parties fail to broker deal to get Aoun out of presidential race

Sources following up on the presidential election told An-Nahar that local and foreign parties have tried to broker a deal with MP Michel Aoun to get him out of the presidential race, but have failed.

The sources said Hezbollah has refused to make an effort regarding this issue.

Al-Mustaqbal

Jumblatt publicly expresses delight at Hariri’s return

Progressive Socialist Party sources said there is a “big bet” on Hariri’s return signaling the end of the political deadlock, particularly the election of a new president.

The sources said MP Walid Jumblatt was not trying to hide his delight at Hariri’s return. On the contrary, he is publicly expressing his joy in meetings with visitors and party members.

Ad-Diyar

Berri, Hariri launch effort to resolve crisis

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and former Prime Minister Saad Hariri discussed issues of common interest during a dinner meeting, including terrorism and ways to fight it in the wake of the battle between the Lebanese Army and jihadists in the northeastern border town of Arsal.

At the political level, the two men agreed on the need to boost efforts to end the stalemate over the presidential election.

 

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Summary

Al-Joumhouria has learned that former Prime Minister Saad Hariri has received a list of the military equipment needed by the Lebanese Army, only 48 hours before the Cabinet is due to meet to discuss a mechanism to accept the new $1 billion Saudi need-based aid for the struggling Army.

March 14 sources told Al-Akhbar that the Future Movement-led coalition was considering two options: Either press for timely elections and work to elect a new president or agree to extend Parliament's mandate for six months.

The sources said March 14 rejects Parliament's extension for two years.

The sources said MP Walid Jumblatt was not trying to hide his delight at Hariri's return.


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