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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 3, 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

Bou Saab: I will do all I can to hold exams June 12

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said he will do all he can to hold official school exams on June 12.

“I cannot set another date and postponing the exams again is out of question,” Bou Saab told Al-Joumhouria.

Bou Saab said there is a “serious effort” to resolve the controversial salary raise bill.

Meanwhile, Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, insisted on boycotting both “correcting and proctoring official exams.”

He said that while Bou Saab has postponed the exams by 5 days, in the hope of reaching an agreement in Parliament on June 10, he is not

"I don’t see a solution in sight, because politicians are divided on the [pay hike] issue,” Mahfoud told Al-Joumhouria.

An-Nahar

Rifi: No intention to cripple Cabinet

Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said ministers “have no intention to disrupt the Cabinet.”

"And today’s [Cabinet] meeting will show that,” Rifi told An-Nahar.

He said the only item left for Cabinet to discuss was the signing of the decrees – whether this is something that concerns all ministers or the Prime Minister and relevant ministers alone.

Al-Akhbar

March 14 sources rule out agreement during Cabinet session

March 14 sources said there are positive signs among ministers, but ruled out reaching an agreement on a mechanism of action during Tuesday’s Cabinet session.

“As of last night, there was no sign of an agreement," one source told Al-Akhbar.

"Also, discussions on this issue would have to be postponed if ministers Gebran Bassil, Elias Bou Saab and Sejaan Azzi are absent [from the meeting],”

the source added.

Separately, sources in the March 14 Secretariat General told Al-Akhbar that Hezbollah would not risk its relationship with Bkirki because the party is in need of a Maronite umbrella, particularly in the presidential election.

Al-Mustaqbal

Sleiman: Jerusalem is not for Israel, it is an Arab Christian land

Former President Michel Sleiman said that Jerusalem does not belong to Israel.

“It is an Arab Christian land,” he told Al-Mustaqbal newspaper.

“We shouldn't stand against Israel in this manner, they only benefits from such campaigns," he said, in reference to Hezbollah's criticism of Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai’s recent Jerusalem trip.

Israel, Sleiman said, wants such attacks on Rai “because he broke the siege of Jerusalem.”

Ad-Diyar

Salam sources: Compromise on salary scale likely

Sources close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam told Ad-Diyar that a “satisfactory solution” to the salary scale crisis is likely.

"The country cannot tolerate this stalling to continue,” one source said.

 

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Summary

Bou Saab: I will do all I can to hold exams June 12

Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said he will do all he can to hold official school exams on June 12 .

Bou Saab said there is a "serious effort" to resolve the controversial salary raise bill.

Meanwhile, Nehme Mahfoud, head of the Private Schools Teachers Association, insisted on boycotting both "correcting and proctoring official exams".

He said that while Bou Saab has postponed the exams by 5 days, in the hope of reaching an agreement in Parliament on June 10, he is not

Rifi: No intention to cripple Cabinet

March 14 sources rule out agreement during Cabinet session

March 14 sources said there are positive signs among ministers, but ruled out reaching an agreement on a mechanism of action during Tuesday's Cabinet session.


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