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Lebanon's Arabic press digest – May 29, 2014

  • Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

The following are a selection of stories from Lebanese newspapers that may be of interest to The Daily Star's readers. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

An-Nahar

Kelley: Power vacuum decreases foreign trust in Lebanon

U.N. reviewing response plan

Ninette Kelley, the representative of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Lebanon, said a power vacuum would decrease foreign countries’ confidence in Lebanon.

"Institutional paralysis also keeps the stability of the country in question," Kelley told An-Nahar.

She said UNHCR had been informed that some Syrian refugees felt “insecure,” adding that the U.N. agency was reviewing a response plan.

As-Safir

Sources: U.S. preparing to declare stance in support of government

On the eve of a Cabinet meeting, U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon David Hale said the U.S. was calling on the Lebanese Parliament to elect a new president as soon as possible.

Well-informed sources told As-Safir that Hale’s position was likely to be followed by high-level contact from the U.S. administration to Prime Minister Tammam Salam to confirm Washington's support for the Lebanese government to exercise its powers until the election of a new president.

Al-Akhbar

Asiri leads March 14 campaign to exclude Aoun, Geagea from presidential election

The March 14 coalition began a new campaign designed to embarrass MP Michel Aoun by pushing him to declare his unwillingness to run in the presidential election on the basis of the collective withdrawal of Lebanese Forces boss Samir Geagea, Kataeb Party leader Amine Gemayel and Sleiman Frangieh, head of the Marada Movement.

The godfather of this proposal is Saudi Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Awad Asiri.

Al-Mustaqbal

IDs of some Syrians seized to ensure non-participation in election

Sources told Al-Mustaqbal that the identity cards of several Syrian refugees had been seized in recent days to ensure that they did not take part in voting in the presidential election May 28-29.

Other Syrian refugees have been threatened that unless they vote for Syrian President Bashar Assad their passports would not be renewed.

Ad-Diyar

Geagea, Gemayel decide to meet Aoun to agree on consensus candidate

Information made available to Ad-Diyar said that Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Kataeb Party head Amine Gemayel had decided to meet with MP Michel Aoun to agree on a consensus candidate acceptable to both March 8 and March 14 in order not to prolong the presidential vacuum.

 
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Summary

Well-informed sources told As-Safir that Hale's position was likely to be followed by high-level contact from the U.S. administration to Prime Minister Tammam Salam to confirm Washington's support for the Lebanese government to exercise its powers until the election of a new president.

Asiri leads March 14 campaign to exclude Aoun, Geagea from presidential election

Geagea, Gemayel decide to meet Aoun to agree on consensus candidate

Information made available to Ad-Diyar said that Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Kataeb Party head Amine Gemayel had decided to meet with MP Michel Aoun to agree on a consensus candidate acceptable to both March 8 and March 14 in order not to prolong the presidential vacuum.


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