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.
Rai to Sleiman: We won’t accept the palace without a president
Pay hike to a new confrontation in Parliament
Concerns about a power vacuum weighed heavily on the meeting between President Michel Sleiman and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai at Baabda Palace Thursday afternoon.
Rai told Sleiman that he "does not accept the Baabda Palace without a president.”
Meanwhile, parliamentary sources said Wednesday’s meeting designed to discuss the pay hike would be a test for Parliament.
Sleiman to Rai: Don’t go to Jerusalem
President Michel Sleiman and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai discussed during a meeting at Baabda Palace Thursday the issue of public appointments – perhaps the biggest in years – in addition to the presidential election crisis and Rai’s visit to Jerusalem.
As-Safir has learned that Sleiman told Rai that he preferred the patriarch cancel his trip to Jerusalem in the wake of Lebanon’s political divide.
Christian debate: Impossible that the four leaders agree on consensus candidate
Berri slams as “unfair” pay hike report
No breakthrough has been made in the Christian drive among the four Christian leaders – Amine Gemayel, Michel Aoun, Sleiman Frangieh and Samir Geagea – to resolve the presidential election.
According to information, talks among the Christian leaders did not bring practical ideas or make up a workable plan, but rather their views were far apart, thus making it impossible to agree on a consensus candidate.
Meanwhile, Speaker Nabih Berri slammed as “unfair” the latest report by the special parliamentary committee studying a new salary scale.
Rai seeking to bring together the four Christian leaders
Al-Joumhouria has learned that Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai is holding intensive talks to bring together the four Maronite leaders (Gemayel, Aoun, Frangieh and Geagea) to a group meeting in Bkirki to discuss the presidential election crisis and find a way out of the stalemate.