Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest – May 20, 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.


Hale explored viewpoints on Harb, Ghanem

Al-Akhbar has learned that U.S. Ambassador David Hale explored viewpoints last week on the possible nomination of Telecoms Minister Boutros Harb and MP Robert Ghanem for the presidency.


Gemayel to call for political mobilization to rescue presidency

Kataeb Party sources told An-Nahar that party leader Amine Gemayel would appear in a television interview Tuesday to “ring the alarm bell.”

Gemayel will propose ways to get out of the presidential election impasse by calling for the various political forces to mobilize to rescue the presidency.


March 8 MPs will not attend session to discuss Sleiman plea

March 8 sources told Ad-Diyar that March 8 MPs would not attend a parliamentary session designed to discuss an appeal to the legislature by President Michel Sleiman to elect a new head of state.

The sources said Sleiman’s letter to Parliament was unnecessary since the legislature was doing its job.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri called a meeting of Parliament Wednesday to discuss Sleiman’s letter.


Asiri for a president a la Sleiman

Al-Mustaqbal has learned that Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri has said the kingdom is interested in seeing the election of a new president who would follow in the footsteps of current President Michel Sleiman in terms of commitment to Lebanon’s neutrality.

Asiri’s remarks were made to the Lebanese delegation accompanying Prime Minister Tammam Salam to Riyadh.





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