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.
No salary increase today
An-Nahar has learned that the position announced by former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora was unanimously taken by the Future parliamentary bloc during its Monday meeting.
Siniora has warned that the approval of the pay hike would push Lebanon into bankruptcy.
Meanwhile, the majority of March 14 MPs do not intend to attend Tuesday’s salary scale session.
March 14 sources: Hale requested to meet with March 14 to clarify Kerry’s comments
March 14 sources who took part in a meeting with U.S. Ambassador David Hale told Al-Mustaqbal that the meeting was held at Hale’s request to clarify comments made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry during his short visit to Lebanon recently.
Meanwhile, parliamentary sources said MP Walid Jumblatt’s bloc would likely attend Tuesday’s session to vote on the wage hike draft law.
FPM sources: Talks with Hariri positive and ongoing
A political source with the Free Patriotic Movement told Ad-Diyar that talks with Future Movement head Saad Hariri had been ongoing and positive over the past two months.
The source said Hariri had asked the FPM to “take it easy” on him, adding that Hariri was facing several internal problems, not only with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, but with Siniora, too, who believes his role ends if Hariri returned to power and to the premiership.
Auction to monitor the official exams
The state has become a milk cow – it does not pay its dues, the National Social Security Fund delays payments and the hospital sector booby traps invoices and so forth at all the levels of the Lebanon “farm.”
Then come those who weep and lament, warning that the treasury would go “bankrupt” and Lebanon would become a “failed state” if the salary scale were approval.
The Union Coordination Committee focused its rally Monday at hitting back at Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, who kept saying one thing and doing something else.
Meanwhile, calls for anyone interested in monitoring the official school exams spread through text messages.