Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 1, 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.


Bkirki against any constitutional amendment before election of new president

Sources at the seat of the Maronite Church told An-Nahar that Bkirki rejected any constitutional amendment before the election of a new president.

Everything is possible, however, after the election of a head of state, the sources added.

Separately, An-Nahar has learned that a Saudi delegation is in Beirut to follow up on the investigation into the two Saudi bombers at the Duroy Hotel in Raouche.

A source told An-Nahar that the Saudi detainee would be tried in Lebanon.

An expanded security meeting will be held at the Interior Ministry Tuesday to coordinate efforts among the various security agencies to counter terrorism.


Aoun moves against Taif Accord ... Future Movement responds today

The vicious circle continues to spin. Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri, along with MP Walid Jumblatt, is waiting for an initiative from MP Michel Aoun toward March 14 Christians while Rabieh awaits clear signals from a stalled relationship with Paris.

The Future Movement considered Aoun’s proposal a “coup against Taif and the Constitution.”

Aoun proposed Monday that the Constitution be amended to allow the Lebanese people to vote for the head of state

Leaders in Beirut refused to comment publicly, pending the green light from Hariri himself.


French, German delegations in Beirut

French and German delegations have arrived in Beirut and held a series of meetings with Lebanese security officials.

The French delegation has demanded information regarding at least one French would-be suicide bomber arrested during a raid at the Napoleon Hotel in Hamra, Beirut.

The German delegation, however, is seeking to exchange information with Lebanese security authorities after the success security agencies have had in disrupting terrorist networks.


Change and Reform bloc will not secure quorum for a new president who represents 1 percent of the people

Change and Reform MP Ibrahim Kanaan said bloc members “refuse to secure quorum for a president who represents one percent of the people.”

“But if parliamentary elections were held according to a law that provides partnership, we will be the first to go to Parliament,” Kanaan told Al-Joumhouria.

He said a consensus president “eliminates all the so-called Constitution and National Charter.”



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