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.
Siniora, Abu Faour stress participation
Alain Aoun believes the session [will end] as previous one did
Sleiman: presidential elections waiting for Holy Spirit
President Michel Sleiman said in an interview with Al-Mustaqbal that he believed the presidential election was waiting for the “Holy Spirit” to come upon the March 8 and March 14 camps “just like it came upon all during the government formation.”
Meanwhile, Free Patriotic Movement MP Alain Aoun told Al-Mustaqbal that the upcoming presidential election session will fail like the previous one to elect a president.
Aoun said presidential election talks were on the horizon, “but they need more time to mature.”
Head of the Future parliamentary bloc Fouad Siniora and Minister Wael Abu Faour from Walid Jumblatt’s bloc stressed in remarks to Al-Mustaqbal that they will take part in Thursday’s session designed to elect a new president.
8-point plan to rescue the salary scale Wednesday
EU, U.S. ambassadors to stress need to prevent presidential vacuum
According to information obtained by Al-Liwaa, an eight-point plan is quietly in the works for the controversial salary scale as a parliamentary sub-committee prepares to meet Monday with Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil.
Khalil has spared no efforts to narrow the rift between the Union Coordination Committee and the parliamentary committee over its latest report on the pay hike.
A union source told Al-Liwaa that one proposal would see a tax levied on luxury products.
Al-Liwaa has learned from a diplomatic source that a meeting will take place in Beirut middle of this week between U.S. Ambassador David Hale and Derek Plumbly, the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon, to discuss the presidential election crisis and the need to prevent a power vacuum.
“Day of Rage:” salary scale in MPs’ hands
Israeli violations spreading ... Lebanon preoccupied!
A decisive battle is expected on the “day of rage” Wednesday between the Union Coordination Committee and Parliament over the salary scale.
Meanwhile, Israeli violations in south Lebanon are becoming more frequent, the latest of which took place in Ras Naqoura.
As-Safir has learned that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri will address the violations during a meeting to be held Monday with Plumbly.
Berri will likely suggest a suspension of the UNIFIL-supervised tripartite meetings in Naqoura between the Lebanese and Israeli armies in protest of continued violations.
Monetary Fund to help Lebanon
The International Monetary Fund called on the international community to increase its assistance to Lebanon, which is facing an unprecedented influx of Syrian refugees since the beginning of the crisis in Syria, weakening Lebanon’s economy.
Meanwhile, Al-Nahar has learned that Plumbly will issue a statement expressing the U.N.’s position on the presidential election and urge the parties to elect a new president in a timely manner.
Parliamentary sources expected a parliamentary session Wednesday to approve a modified version of the salary hike plan.