Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 9, 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.


French embassy requests copy of Nasrallah speech

An-Nahar has learned that the French Embassy in Beirut has asked Hezbollah to provide them with the full official text of Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah’s speech, in which he said Paris was behind the proposal of a tripartite formula of Christian, Shiite and Sunni power.

Nasrallah has said the idea was first proposed to Iran by a French delegation who argued that the Taif Accord was no longer valid as a ruling system in Lebanon, adding that the Iranians had rejected the proposal.

Sources following up on the issue said the French foreign ministry is likely to issue a statement to clarify the allegation that France, as a foreign state, would discuss with another foreign state (Iran) the constitution of a third state (Lebanon).


Cold relationship between Hariri-Jumblatt

The relationship between the Future Movement leader and Progressive Socialist Party head Jumblatt is being described as cold, with questions being raised about how deep the dispute between the two men is and where could it lead to, particularly in light of the presidential election crisis.


Salam said to attend election session even in absence of quorum

Sources close to Prime Minister Tammam Salam told Al-Joumhouria that the premier would attend Monday’s session to elect a new president whether or not there was a quorum.


Ongoing discussions over attendance of pay hike session

Parliamentary sources told Al-Mustaqbal that the blocs that have not yet decided whether to attend a legislative session Tuesday to discuss the controversial salary scale bill have intensified talks in order to reach a decision concerning the fate of the pay hike and the quorum of the session.





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