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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – May 16, 2014

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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.

Al-Joumhouria

Sleiman offered deal to maintain seat as president

According to information obtained by Al-Joumhouria, a parliamentary bloc has offered President Michel Sleiman a deal to extend his term by one year through amending Article 62 of the Constitution in exchange for replacing Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.

However, the deal faced rejection from major political forces for constitutional, political and national reasons.

Al-Akhbar

Sisi to Lebanese visitors: Kahwagi is next president

Egyptian presidential candidate and former Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi told Lebanese visitors a short while ago that the next president for Lebanon would be Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi.

Ad-Diyar

Deal to make Aoun next president in return for Maliki’s removal

Ad-Diyar said that information has been found to indicate that a deal was discussed to make the head of the Change and Reform bloc, Michel Aoun, the next president in return for the removal of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

The deal is being discussed in diplomatic circles.

Al-Mustaqbal

Establishment of refugee camps to be discussed in Cabinet today

Ministerial sources who attended a ministerial committee meeting tasked with studying the Syrian refugee crisis told Al-Mustaqbal that the establishment of refugee camps would be discussed during a Cabinet session Friday and ministers should make the final decision on this issue.

The refugee dossier will include three suggestions, including the establishment of camps within Lebanese boundaries.

An-Nahar

Hezbollah delegation meets Rai today

A source told An-Nahar that a Hezbollah delegation would visit Bkirki Friday for talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, in a significant move on the eve of the end of the constitutional deadline for electing a new president and amid fears of a presidential vacuum.

The visit also comes ahead of Rai’s planned visit to Jerusalem.

An-Nahar has also learned that a flurry of consultations – both at the internal and external levels – has begun in preparation for the next voting session to elect a new president.

In this regard, head of the Future bloc Fouad Siniora will head to Saudi Arabia for talks with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri.

 

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