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.
Hariri: Chance gone for Aoun, Geagea to be president, Rai requested extension
Attendants to a dinner hosted by former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Riyadh, in honor of Prime Minister Tammam Salam, understood that the chance of Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun or Lebanese Forces head Samir Geagea becoming president has vanished.
Hariri also touched on his meeting with Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai in Paris, telling the attendants that Rai suggested extending President Michel Sleiman’s term by one or two years.
Berri pessimistic about electing new president before May 25
Speaker Nabih Berri told As-Safir he does not believe a president would be elected before the constitutional deadline ends May 25, pointing to the lack of progress on the presidential election issue.
Jumblatt: We have now entered vacuum
Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblatt told An-Nahar that the announcement by Michel Aoun’s Change and Reform bloc that they would not attend Thursday’s voting session to elect a new president was “discouraging.”
“Unfortunately, we have entered vacuum starting from now,” he said.
Hezbollah rejected Hariri offer to accept Aoun as president
March 8 sources told Ad-Diyar that Hezbollah has rejected an offer by former PM Saad Hariri to make Aoun president, on the condition that Hariri is appointed Prime Minister and receives control over key ministries, in particular; security, economy and finance.
Hezbollah, quickly rejected Hariri’s deal, saying the party would not approve the appointment of any prime minister who does not believe in the tripartite equation of: “The Army, the people and the resistance.”
Crowds outside Lebanese Embassy in Saudi seeking visas
The Lebanese embassy in Riyadh and the Lebanese Consulate in Jeddah say they receive daily around 50 visa applications submitted by private chauffeurs and the employees of Saudi families, seeking to accompany their employers on their summer vacation to Lebanon.