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Lebanon's Arabic Press digest - May 3, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

An-Nahar

[Saudi Envoy Ali Awad] Assiri's return encourages consensus on a president

The presidential election seemed to be on the path toward a power vacuum if the present circumstances do nto improve before the third Parliament session scheduled next Wednesday.

It is worth noting that different parties discussed the need to avoid a vacuum with foreign ambassadors, particularly U.S. Envoy David Hale, along with European ambassadors who have been urging Lebanese officials to hold the poll on time.

An-Nahar has learned that a European delegation headed by Angelina Eichhorst sought some clarifications from Speaker Nabih Berri about the legality and the constitutional principle governing the presidential election with Berri voicing fears that Lebanon would not be able to elect a president before May 25.

Assafir

Rai to Israel: A historic mistake

For the Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, head of the highest spiritual post in the East, to visit occupied Palestine along with Pope Francis is not in the interest of Lebanon or the Lebanese, Palestine and the Palestinians, or Christ and the Christians.

It is a dangerous precedent although the patriarch has attempted to lessen its importance by detaching the visit from politics, considering it merely a visit to the Holy Land.

Since 1948, all the popes have visited occupied Palestinian territory, despite political, religious, Arab and Muslim reservations. The only Lebanese patriarch to go on one of these visits was Patriarch Maashouhe, who visited east Jerusalem in 1964.

But will Rai use his Lebanese passport or the Vatican one?

The pope is expected to meet with President Shimon Perez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Will Rai shake hands with Israeli leaders?

Al-Akhbar

Has March 14 begun the path of nominating Butros Harb?

March 14 coalition seems willing to sacrifice Samir Geagea for the sake of Butros Harb, according to coalition sources, while it seems impossible to hold the presidential election on time.

The March 14 coalition began discussing Harb as a candidate in closed door sessions, especially after Harb visited MP Walid Jumblatt. He is now being sold as a candidate who can garner a majority of votes and more than Geagea.

But this idea was not well received by all of the March 14 parties. The Lebanese Forces and its supporters confirm that Geagea was and remains the only candidate. Sources close to Maarab said that the battle is that of the March 14 not Geagea alone because the group cannot garner enough votes,

 

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Summary

An-Nahar has learned that a European delegation headed by Angelina Eichhorst sought some clarifications from Speaker Nabih Berri about the legality and the constitutional principle governing the presidential election with Berri voicing fears that Lebanon would not be able to elect a president before May 25 .

For the Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, head of the highest spiritual post in the East, to visit occupied Palestine along with Pope Francis is not in the interest of Lebanon or the Lebanese, Palestine and the Palestinians, or Christ and the Christians.

March 14 coalition seems willing to sacrifice Samir Geagea for the sake of Butros Harb, according to coalition sources, while it seems impossible to hold the presidential election on time.


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