The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star's readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.
Salam: Executive power should not be used as means of pressure in the presidential vacuum
Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed hope that the Cabinet would be able to reach agreement on a mechanism of action, allowing ministries to maintain the momentum that began with the formation of the government, particularly in terms of handling the citizens’ day-to-day affairs.
"Provocation or unilateralism won’t get us anywhere,” Salam told An-Nahar, while acknowledging the “imbalance” due to the lack of electing a new president.
“But our mission should focus on securing the election in order to address this imbalance," he said.
Salam warned that it was “not acceptable to use the executive power as means of pressure in the issue of presidential vacuum.”
Diplomatic sources: Electing a new president won’t be delayed
Diplomatic sources told Al-Joumhouria that the election of a new president won’t be delayed as happened in 2007 and 2008.
Meanwhile, former MP Elias Skaff said Parliament was “illegitimate” therefore it was unable to elect a new president.
Hezbollah sources: Rai lost ability to communicate in internal issues
Sources close to Hezbollah told Ad-Diyar that the party was in a strong position as to the presidential election.
The sources said Hezbollah was now stronger than before, adding that the current situation allowed the party to stick to a strong candidate from the March 8 coalition.
They said Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, who has vowed to resolve the problem of Lebanese who fled to Israel after fighting for years alongside the Israeli army in south Lebanon, had deprived himself of his centrist role and the ability to communicate on national issues.
Revoking refugee status: Syrian refugees fall “hostage” to Future Movement
Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk wants to uphold a decision taken by the U.S., Europe and Saudi Arabia to prevent the Syrian presidential election, by initially issuing a decision that banned Syrian “political gatherings."
However, the scene at the Syrian Embassy in Yarze made him raise the ceiling by giving the refugees a choice: either participate in the election or maintain your refugee status.
Terrorist attack against Syrian opposition in Akkar revealed
The Syrian regime attempted to prevent Syrian refugees in Lebanon from protesting against the renewal of Bashar Assad’s term by placing three bombs ready to go off near a Syrian refugee center in Akkar, where an anti-Assad morning protest was scheduled.
Security sources told Al-Mustaqbal that the bombs, prepared by a group close to Assad’s regime, were attached to a plastic adhesive tape and designed to explode as soon as the temperature rose after sunshine, which could have claimed the lives of dozens of protesters.