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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – Aug. 21, 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-Akhbar

ISIS insists on swap deal

ISIS militants still insist that a deal to swap 10 Islamist prisoners held in Lebanese jails for the release of all Lebanese captives is on the table.

Al-Liwaa

Short-term Parliament extension

Ministerial sources told Al-Liwaa that Parliament’s extension would be for a short period, non-binding and linked to holding the presidential election at the earliest opportunity.

Al-Joumhouria

ISIS has 1,500 armored vehicles

Al-Joumhouria, quoting a military commander, said that over the past two weeks ISIS had racked up nearly 1,500 armored vehicles, artillery emplacements and rocket launch pads.

Al-Mustaqbal

Jumblatt supports technical Parliament extension

Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt said he supported a “technical” extension of Parliament's term.

“I support a technical extension of Parliament’s mandate for a period of up to one year that is linked to the election of a president,” he told Al-Mustaqbal.

Jumblatt insisted that the solution to the presidential election impasse was in the hands of the Maronites.

As-Safir

Four key presidential candidates likely if consensus achieved

Four key presidential candidates could get onto the ballot if politicians withdrew their reservations.

They are Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh, MP Robert Ghanem and former minister Jean Obeid.

 

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