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.
Berri seeks vote on pay raise
Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri told visitors that the salary scale issue remained a top priority.
Berri was quoted as saying that he urged lawmakers to resort to a vote on the pay hike bill, while reiterating a proposal to drop 10 percent of the salary raise as a whole.
Meanwhile, ministerial sources said Prime Minister Tammam Salam would likely call Cabinet meetings to discuss financial and security issues since ministers, despite their differences, showed keenness to maintain stability in Lebanon.
Separately, Hezbollah MP Walid Sukkarieh said Hezbollah would not intervene in the Iraqi crisis.
“Hezbollah has nothing whatsoever to do with Iraq,” Sukkarieh told Al-Joumhouria. “Iraq is greater than the party’s potential. Iraq has a government and 25 million people."
Dar al-Fatwa toward split
The two legal councils – one that supports Mufti Sheikh Mohammad Rashid Qabbani and the other that backs the Future Movement – called for the election of a new Mufti.
A mufti elected by the Future Movement will soon emerge, while the other will have to wait until August unless someone steps in to prevent the Sunni sect from having two muftis.
Bkirki readies national reconciliation
Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is preparing to hold national reconciliation beginning with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Free Patriotic Movement head Michel Aoun
Bkirki spokesman Walid Ghayad also said that Rai’s initiative aimed to tackle the issue of Lebanese citizens who fled to Israel when the Jewish state ended its 22-year occupation of Lebanon in 2000.
Ghayad said such a move required “a heroic and courageous initiative from people such like Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and Speaker Nabih Berri.”
Kuwaiti Parliament speaker in Beirut Friday
Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah will delegate Parliament Speaker Marzouq al-Ghanim to Beirut Friday to be hosted by his Lebanese counterpart Nabih Berri.
The visit aims to follow up on the Syrian refugee crisis and Marzouq will visit refugee sites in Lebanon, accompanied by Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas.