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.
17 days to rescue the presidency and [the government] ....
Maronite summit in Bkirki after Gemayel effort
An-Nahar has learned that the U.S., France, Saudi Arabia and the European Union will step up their diplomatic pressure on Lebanon in the period prior to May 25, the day President Michel Sleiman’s term ends.
Meanwhile, an initiative launched by Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel is likely to lead to a Maronite summit in Bkirki May 16-17.
Gemayel has strongly criticized talk about a power vacuum left by the end of Sleiman’s term.
Gen. Michel Aoun, for his part, says that his talks with the Future Movement have made progress.
Group of appointments tomorrow ... Public sector on strike until Wednesday
Search ongoing for “consensus” president
Maronite Bishops ignore Jerusalem visit
Al-Liwaa has learned that public appointments will include 10 key administrative posts, including the appointment of Alia Abbas as Economy Ministry Director General, Judge Maysam Nueiri Justice Ministry Director General, Joseph Naous as Labor Ministry Director General, Shafiq Merhi as Customs Director General, Brig. Gen. Nizar Khalil as head of the Customs Supreme Council, and Gabi Fares as Council member.
Meanwhile, the Union Coordination Committee announced a public sector strike starting today until May 14, the date of a session to approve a pay hike.
The UCC vowed to step up its strike action during that period.
“Dialogue of the deaf” between Aoun and Hariri
While the presidential election wagers on talks between the Future Movement and Free Patriotic Movement, PSP leader Walid Jumblatt launched a drive to bring a head of state that does not resemble MP Michel Aoun or Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea.
Progress toward the presidential election is still tied to outcome of talks between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and the FPM.
Salam warns of repercussions of presidential vacuum for government
Union salary scale challenge threatens government
Prime Minister Tammam Salam expressed concern over the lack of concensus on a president.
“I’m afraid this could leave a negative impact beyond the presidency,” Salam told As-Safir.
“In this case, I don’t know if the consensus within the government can last, and how much the country can bear a power vacuum."
The UCC will hold a rally at Riad Solh Square near Parliament on May 14 to coincide with a legislative session scheduled to study the salary scale.