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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - July 31, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

Following are summaries of some of the main stories in a selection of Lebanese newspapers Tuesday. The Daily Star cannot vouch for the accuracy of these reports.

An-Nahar

“Occupation” of EDL threatens total blackout tomorrow

Elections law faces Parliament “guillotine”

A new round of stepped up measures against Electricite Du Liban took place Monday and the company’s Board of Directors – meeting at the Zouk power plant after protesters shut down EDL Beirut headquarters – threatened a total blackout across Lebanon.

Sources close to Prime Minister Najib Mikati told An-Nahar that the issue is heading toward a settlement. The sources reassured the Lebanese that there will be no escalation, adding that talks have been kept secret to ensure that a solution has matures.

Meanwhile, it seems that the electoral law is back to square one. A draft law based on proportional representation was presented again to the Cabinet Monday.

The Cabinet will meet Tuesday to continue mulling over the draft law; according to ministerial sources, Cabinet will convene a third session Monday if the issue needs more discussion.

Ad-Diyar

Lebanon enters chaos, conspiracy, fire and danger

The dangerous picture: Smashing Shiite EDL contract workers’ heads, even if by force

Suddenly, EDL’s administration discovered that 55 percent of the contract workers are Shiite, 15 percent are Sunni and Druze, while Christians make up 30 percent of the contract workers. And so it decided to strike a balance.

No serious preparatory meeting is under way and the issue has not been logically addressed. One thousand Shiite families are required to be thrown onto the street.

Al-Liwaa

Battle between Berri, Aoun ... shuts down electricity in Lebanon!

The “absent” government is busy with the election law ... Army rejects buffer zone in the north

Energy Minister Gebran Bassil pushed the situation at EDL into the abyss, prompting EDL’s Board of Directors to threaten to impose a blackout on the Lebanese.

EDL contract workers have received strong support from the General Labor Confederation, dubbed by Aoun-backed media outlets as the “Contract Workers’ Confederation,” which shows the size of the clash between Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and head of the Free Patriotic Movement Michel Aoun – a situation which has turned into something like “stubbornness and head-smashing” as described by chairman of the Energy Committee MP Mohammad Qabbani.

As much as the Cabinet was preoccupied with the election law, ignoring internal crises that threaten domestic stability and the fabric of society, the electricity issue was swelling alongside the repercussions of the Syria crisis in the wake of border clashes.

This prompted the head of the Lebanese Army to adopt a unique stance – the first of its kind – on the occasion of Army Day, saying that the military would not allow Lebanon to be turned into a battleground, and would prevent the spillover of strife and the creation of buffer zones.

Al-Mustaqbal

Qmeir “breaks away” from Bassil over huge violations and major irregularities

“Bassil’s electricity” threatens the Lebanese with total blackout

The entire country is threatened with a total blackout as a dispute – between Energy Minister Gebran Bassil and EDL contract workers – heats up among members of the coup government.

However, Bassil’s latest achievement was driving the Energy Ministry’s Director of the electricity and water department Fadi Qmeir to “break away” due to huge and serious irregularities.

 

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