Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest – July 17, 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.


Salaries, students hostage to intransigence

The effects of this unprecedented reality of the political conflict, which is now threatening, for the first time, the salaries of public employees, is something Lebanon has not seen at the height of the Civil War.

The conflict, due to a battle over “speech correction” between Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and his political team on the one hand and the Future bloc and its allies, was even more serious and devastating for some 100,000 students stuck between unions’ intransigence and gross political negligence.


Government almost out of "coma"

Disaster threatens thousands of students

Fears have mounted that tens of thousands of students will soon join the list of victims of the ongoing political deadlock due to the fact that until now the correction of official exams, tied to the approval of a salary raise, did not yet begin.

And if this situation dragged on, the students will face a real disaster of not being able to attend college inside or outside Lebanon at the start of the academic university year.


Hariri not launching initiative

Amid Cabinet and Parliament paralysis, wrangling continues between the finance minister and the Future Movement over civil servants’ salaries.

Meanwhile, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri on Friday will not launch an initiative, but would declare a new stance that could revive the presidential election and kill the dreams of the "four Maronite" leaders.





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