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Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Oct. 1, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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


Kidnapping returns, this time to Majdalyoun

Police attackers in Almat are ‘free’

There is no voice louder than the voice of parliamentary elections.

Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai renewed his rejection of the 1960 election law. Simultaneously, Gen. Michel Aoun stressed his rejection of the plan proposed by Christian March 14 leaders which divides Lebanon into 50 electoral districts.

Meanwhile, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, speaking to An-Nahar, called on Christians to agree on an electoral law.

At the security level, the specter of kidnapping returned to Majdalyoun, east of Sidon, where an attempt to kidnap four young men from the town failed.

Separately, An-Nahar has learned that police failed to arrest those who attacked members of the Internal Security Forces in Almat and that those detained have been released after evidence showed they had nothing to do with the incident.


Hezbollah, Amal with ‘Orthodox’ [election] proposal

Hezbollah and the Amal movement flipped the election equation in favor of the Orthodox proposal after the March 14 coalition forces attempted to embarrass the Free Patriotic Movement and its ally in the knowledge that everyone is getting ready to accept the elections on the basis of the 1960 law despite objections from politicians and the church.

In a significant development regarding parliamentary elections, Hezbollah and Amal said they would vote in favor of the Orthodox law in Parliament.

Well-informed sources told Al-Akhbar that following debate on an elections law in Parliament, the FPM went back to suggest the Orthodox proposal by which each sect would elect its own MPs with Lebanon as a single electoral district.

March 14 Christians informed the FPM of their willingness to endorse the law if it received Hezbollah’s and Amal’s approval.

And while pro-Aoun figures did not comment on their rival’s offer, sources said Hezbollah informed its ally that the Loyalty to the Resistance bloc would vote in favor of the proposal.


Hezbollah, FPM openly reject small electoral districts’ plan

Assad displaces thousands of Lebanese

Yesterday, Lebanon witnessed its largest influx of displaced people when thousands of Lebanese and Syrians fled villages surrounding Wadi Khaled on both sides of the border.

It was the largest influx of displaced people since the events of Tal Kalakh in March of last year.

As the area of Wadi Khaled hosted the displaced people the daily shelling of border towns continued by Assad forces.

Meanwhile, political bickering intensified over a new election law where Hezbollah and its ally Gen. Michel Aoun launched a counter-attack against the small-districts’ electoral draft law a few days after the proposal was debated at a meeting in Bkirki.


Lavrov to Moallem: Lebanon’s stability is a redline

[Administrative] appointments on front burner, Aoun to abandon judiciary in favor of oil

Closure of Turkish crossings doubles Syrian exodus to Lebanon

The Syria crisis left Lebanon facing the exodus of Syrian refugees to the north of the country after Turkey closed its crossings with Syria in light of an aide crisis.

Prime Minister Najib Mikati has urged the international community to help Lebanon provide assistance for the Syrian refugees.

Amid all this, the issue of administrative appointments is back on the front burner while the government gathers information and examines the various stances that are the result of debate over election draft laws.

Mikati, who returned Saturday from New York, was pleased with the outcome of meetings he held with representatives of the world powers as well as Arab and European countries on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Mikati especially felt the support of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with regard to Lebanon’s disassociation policy toward the Syria crisis.

Meanwhile, a diplomatic official told Al-Liwaa that Lavrov told his Syrian counterpart Walid Moallem that Lebanon’s stability is a redline “that you must safeguard given the sensitivity of the Lebanese situation.”





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