Lebanon News

Lebanon's Arabic press digest - Oct. 10, 2012

Lebanon's Arabic press digest.

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


Marten Youssef: Tueni’s case within STL time frame

Hariri, Geagea meet for three hours, discuss issues in depth

Cabinet may postpone appointments to agree on a governing oil body

Cabinet will hold an ordinary session today under President Michel Sleiman at Baabda Palace. Parliamentary sources said it is likely that Judge Jean Fahd will be appointed as head of the Higher Judicial Council and that Judge Hatem Madi will get the post of general prosecutor. Judge Fawzi Khamis will likely get the post of prosecutor of the Court of Audit.

Fahd and Madi made separate visits to Prime Minister Najib Mikati Tuesday.

However, government sources told An-Nahar that the agreement on the judges’ names must include candidates for other positions, mainly members of the committee that will administer the oil sector.

Meanwhile, STL spokesman Marten Youssef, said in response to an An-Nahar question, that the assassination case of MP Gebran Tueni falls “within the time frame of the issues that are within the jurisdiction of the court.”


Strike today ... Future warns of repercussions of Hezbollah’s "jihad duty"

Hariri, Geagea: March 14 united

Hezbollah has drowned in the quagmire of its "Jihadi duty" in defense of Bashar Assad’s regime as protests keep the pressure on the government that has sunk in a sea of promises on the issue of public sector pay raises.

From Beirut to Jeddah, all eyes were turned to a meeting between former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, who met for more than two and a half hours.

Hariri and Geagea reiterated their full agreement on national issues and the challenges facing Lebanon and stressed that the March 14 coalition remains united in the face of these challenges.

Once again, the Union Coordination Committee takes to the streets today in protest at the government’s delay in referring pay hikes to Parliament for approval.

Public and private schools as well as ministries and public departments will observe a day-long strike Wednesday.


Education strike today, Future rejects threat against [Beirut’s southern] suburbs

Amid the mess caused by the Union Coordination Committee decision to hold a strike today that includes schools and universities across Lebanon, the Association of Private Educational Institutions and Catholic schools rejected the move which they described as “unjustifiable.”

Meanwhile, a number of opposition parties, particularly the Future Movement, called for a massive turnout of teachers for Wednesday’s rally.

The Future parliamentary bloc also denounced threats made by the Syrian opposition against Beirut’s southern suburbs.

The bloc said it considered the threat “which hurts ties between the Lebanese and Syrian peoples as unacceptable.”


Showdown between UCC and the government in the street, confusion in schools,

Berri mourns “50 [districts] law”

In parallel to concerns over the security of the Turkish-Syrian border, domestic attention remained focused on the security of the Lebanon-Syria border with fears of repercussions from the Syria crisis.

Meanwhile, leaks claiming that Hezbollah was involved in the [2005] assassination of MP Gebran Tueni and reports about Hezbollah’s role in fighting alongside Assad’s forces kept drawing reactions.

Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri stressed in remarks to Al-Joumhouria that a proposal adopting 50 small-sized electoral districts has “collapsed.”

He also warned that there were some parties who are seeking to keep the 1960 election law in place “so that when elections are due this law becomes a fait accomplished.”





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