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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – June 25, 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.

An-Nahar

Security authorities arrest southern suburbs’ informer

An-Nahar has learned that security agencies have arrested a Syrian man identified only by his family name Raad while he was headed to the Bekaa Valley border town of Arsal to receive money in return for monitoring a number of streets and passing information to his bosses.

During interrogation, Raad confessed that he was paid $300 for each piece of information and that he works with the so-called Abu Muhannad in Majdal Anjar.

Meanwhile, political sources told An-Nahar that Hezbollah had tied the election of Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun to its attendance of the next voting session.

Al-Akhbar

Approval of 1960 election law in return for Aoun’s election

Visitors of MP Michel Aoun told Al-Akhbar that Aoun was adamant on holding parliamentary elections and that he was seeking to amend the 1960 electoral law.

“But if they insist on the 1960 law, I want them to vow in return that they would elect the winner of the largest Christian bloc as president for Lebanon,” Aoun was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, a senior official with the Free Patriotic Movement said Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai was scheming to prevent Aoun from reaching the presidency.

Al-Joumhouria

No communication regarding wage hike: Ghazi Youssef

“There are no political contacts ongoing regarding the salary scale,” MP Ghazi Youssef told Al-Joumhouria.

Youssef stressed that the sticking points were still centered on raising the VAT and amending the electricity tariffs.

Ad-Diyar

Contacts between Lebanese Forces, FPM ongoing

Contacts between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement have been going on for a while despite the difficulty in reaching an agreement on a third presidential candidate, in addition to Michel Aoun and LF leader Samir Geagea.

Aoun rejects such a solution and insists he is eligible to run for president, a stance Rai conveyed to Geagea during their meeting Tuesday in Bkirki.

 

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Summary

Visitors of MP Michel Aoun told Al-Akhbar that Aoun was adamant on holding parliamentary elections and that he was seeking to amend the 1960 electoral law.

A senior official with the Free Patriotic Movement said Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai was scheming to prevent Aoun from reaching the presidency.

Contacts between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement have been going on for a while despite the difficulty in reaching an agreement on a third presidential candidate, in addition to Michel Aoun and LF leader Samir Geagea.


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