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.
Agreement hit snags over Cabinet, Parliament work regulations
An-Nahar has learned from sources close to the Cabinet and Parliament that there has been no breakthrough in talks on a mechanism of action for both the Cabinet and Parliament.
The sources stressed, however, that the problem did not lie with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri or Prime Minister Tammam Salam as they were working together toward a common goal.
Berri seems closer to Salam’s theory about Cabinet mechanism of action
Al-Joumhouria has learned that Berri and Salam continued – during their latest meeting – discussion on the obstacles that have so far prevented an agreement on a Cabinet mechanism of action amid ongoing disagreement between the rival political camps on the size and the limits of the power and how to implement them.
However, they have failed to reach a unified solution, and Berri seemed to be closer to Salam’s theory that seeks consensus among ministers in terms of limiting signatures on decrees to the prime minister and the relevant minister.
March 14 shocked Kerry excluded them from agenda
March 14 is still trying to absorb the shock that it had been excluded from talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry who made a brief visit to Lebanon Wednesday.
In the past years, March 14 has been included in the U.S. administration’s visits.
Kerry even delivered March 14 a bigger shock when, during a news conference, he urged Iran, Russia and Hezbollah to make a serious effort to put an end to the war in Syria.
Kerry acknowledged Hezbollah’s regional power and solutions cannot be made without its consent
Sources told Ad-Diyar that Kerry had acknowledged Hezbollah’s regional power and that solutions could not be made without the party’s consent.
The sources pointed that Kerry did not address Hezbollah in an unfriendly way, which implies that the U.S. and Hezbollah have a common interest in fighting extremist takfiri groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria and the Nusra Front and other Al-Qaeda offshoots, particularly in Syria where many insurgents have come from the U.S. and Europe.
Rai rejects making laws amid presidential vacuum
Sources told Al-Mustaqbal that Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai rejected outright legislating amid a presidential vacuum since Parliament remains an electoral body until the election of a new president as stipulated in Article 75 of the Constitution.
The sources said Rai supported a Cabinet that exercised its Constitutional powers in an “acting” position until the election of a new president.