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.
Chances of Aoun for presidency ‘below zero’
Future Movement sources told Al-Akhbar that Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun has added a “black point” to his dossier after he told former Prime Minister Saad Hariri that he would protect him from political assassination, which implies that Aoun either knows the killers or he is responsible for the risks surrounding Hariri.
The sources said chances of Aoun becoming a president were “below zero” since Saudi Arabia had the right to veto, something Aoun was perfectly aware of.
Progress toward deal over Cabinet powers
Progress has been made toward an agreement over a mechanism to govern the Cabinet’s work amid a presidential vacuum, during a meeting held Wednesday between Prime Minister Tammam Salam and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
Meanwhile, sources close to Salam told Al-Mustaqbal that Wednesday’s voting session and Thursday’s pay raise session had prevented him from calling a Cabinet meeting this week.
March 14 likely not to attend today’s salary scale meeting
March 14 parliamentary sources told An-Nahar that March 14 MPs intend not to attend a legislative session set for Thursday after they failed to reach a “common vision” with the March 8 coalition on the funding sources for the salary increase.
The sources said March 8’s insistence on giving teachers an addition of six degrees on every teacher’s rank would create a gap and strike the balance.
Regional developments will delay presidential election
A political leader told Al-Joumhouria that the Lebanese presidential election could face a long delay due to the successive domestic and regional developments, particularly what is happening in Iraq.
The source said the election, which will likely not take place before the end of the year, is tied to two things: Saudi Arabia must first agree with Iran to push Lebanese parties to elect a new president. Second, an “internal clash" that would require everyone to agree to hold the election.