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.
Presidential election tied to external action
Today labeled ‘day of rage’ amid rejection of tax increase
The Lebanese have probably succumbed to foreign intervention with regards to the presidential election issue and its link to the outstanding issues in the region, particularly between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
An invitation by Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal to his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, to visit the kingdom, should mean the beginning of a breakthrough in Tehran-Riyadh relations that will inevitably have an impact on Lebanon and the stalled election.
Freedom of the press faces STL ... wins first round
Pay hike: MPs come face-to-face with protesters
The Lebanese media Tuesday won the first round of the new battle imposed upon it by an international court, which has "fabricated" a contempt case against Al-Jadeed TV and Al-Akhbar newspaper.
Meanwhile, preparations for the massive rally called by the Union Coordination Committee are being finalized to coincide with the parliamentary meeting.
Civil servants as well as teachers from private and public schools will participate in the demonstration, which will kick off at the Bank’s Association and head toward Parliament headquarters in Downtown Beirut.
The protesters will urge MPs to pass a pay hike law that is fair to employees, teachers and military personnel.
‘Future’ considering approving Sleiman’s extension as means of pressure
The Future Movement is leaning toward approving President Michel Sleiman’s extension as a means to press for a timely presidential election, even though Sleiman insists he would leave office on the eve of May 24 at the end of his term.
Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is waiting for the outcome of talks between the Future Movement and the Free Patriotic Movement.
U.S. ambassador: We don’t mind Sleiman staying in office until a new president is elected
Participants at a lunch held by March 14 Secretariat General Coordinator Fares Soueid in honor of U.S. Ambassador David Hale quoted the envoy as saying that Washington does not mind a proposal to extend Sleiman’s term - so long it is designed to avoid a presidential vacuum.
However, discussions over the presidential election soon ground to a halt after participants due to a major obstacle that prevents such an extension: Hezbollah’s rejection of the proposal.