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20 November 2014, 23:03 Gemayel: The March 14 coalition will continue and we're all committed to the country's sovereignty and the STL.
20 November 2014, 22:59 Gemayel on Riyadh's call for labeling Hizbullah as terrorist: We believe that Saudi Arabia is free to take the decisions it wants but we're aware of the sensitivity of the situation in Lebanon and we cannot eliminate an essential component of the Lebanese society.
20 November 2014, 22:57 Gemayel: Any armed force other than the army is against the requirements of national sovereignty, but the issue of Hizbullah's arms can only be addressed through dialogue, and what ex-PM Hariri has proposed is in line with this approach. From the very beginning, we have supported dialogue, which was opposed by al-Mustaqbal and the LF. We took part in dialogue and the Baabda Declaration was endorsed and everyone is praising it nowadays, even the LF. We have no choice but dialogue and it is the only way to resolve disputes.
20 November 2014, 22:35 Gemayel: How can a country be stable with the presence of two armies on its soil? Can we disarm Hizbullah through force at the moment? This is impossible.
20 November 2014, 22:29 Gemayel: We're willing to go to parliamentary polls if the Constitutional Council reverses the extension law and we believe that the circumstances are appropriate for holding elections.
20 November 2014, 22:29 Gemayel: The extension (of parliament's term) is an erroneous course and an eschewal of duties.
20 November 2014, 22:27 Gemayel: When Hizbullah clings to General Aoun and General Aoun has no chances, this means that the party does not want the presidency. Hizbullah has self-sufficiency and authority over Lebanese territory, that's why it's not in a hurry.
20 November 2014, 22:26 Gemayel: I have not sensed that March 8 is willing to give up General Aoun's candidacy at the moment.
20 November 2014, 22:26 Gemayel: The approach of (limiting electoral competition to) Aoun and Geagea is not on the table and we in March 14 have done everything in our capacity to secure the election of a president but all our initiatives were met with rejection.
20 November 2014, 22:22 Gemayel: During its official meeting, March 14 said it had several candidates if Geagea's nomination was unacceptable, but they didn't officially nominate me because the situation in parliament has not changed.
20 November 2014, 22:21 Gemayel: Geagea himself said he is seeking a solution and he had agreed to the March 14 initiative.
20 November 2014, 22:19 Gemayel: The parliamentary situation has proved that none of the candidates can garner the majority of votes and I told Hariri that we have no choice but to overcome this obstacle. Nowadays, there are dialogue efforts and we must reach a solution with any candidate, be it me or anyone else.
20 November 2014, 22:17 Gemayel: Domestically, my concern is focused on uniting the Lebanese and the foreign policy must be based on neutrality.
20 November 2014, 22:16 Gemayel: My candidacy was mentioned in Bkirki and I believe that the next president must immunize the domestic scene and hold talks with the foreign forces.
20 November 2014, 22:16 Gemayel: Impeding the process of electing a new president is a heresy.
20 November 2014, 22:14 Gemayel: How can we abolish democracy? We would be dminishing democracy through such an approach.
20 November 2014, 22:13 Gemayel: Should we reduce all the Lebanese to two candidates? I refuse that such an approach be imposed on the Lebanese because such an approach would abolish all politics.
20 November 2014, 22:12 Gemayel: General Aoun's proposal is a new "war of elimination" that is aimed at getting rid of everyone.
20 November 2014, 22:11 Gemayel: I wish General Aoun would leave Pierre Gemayel to his family and let him spare us inappropriate remarks.
20 November 2014, 21:50 Kataeb Party chief Amin Gemayel in an interview on LBCI: We went through difficult situations and our house suffered a lot but we grew stronger and we won't surrender.
20 November 2014, 19:56 LBCI: The agriculture minister revealed that he will propose a joint plan with Abou Faour to establish a food safety institution.
20 November 2014, 19:55 LBCI: Abu Faour carried with him big files to the meeting of the food safety panel.
20 November 2014, 19:42 Maj. Gen. Mohammed Kheir to al-Manar: The government's slowness in the case of the servicemen has to do with the captors' hesitation and their conditions but the negotiations are still ongoing.
20 November 2014, 19:25 Al-Jadeed: An Israeli tank fired 3 105mm shells at the vicinity of the Israeli post of al-Radar in the heights of Mount Hermon.
20 November 2014, 19:10 Two artillery shells fired from the Syrian side of the border landed in the eastern part of the town of Shebaa.
20 November 2014, 18:55 Hizbullah sources to al-Mayadeen: The Saudi envoy's remarks at the U.N. Security Council served Israel's interest.
20 November 2014, 18:50 Army Command: Ali Shehab Ismail was lightly injured as he tried to flee an intelligence patrol in Brital before he was arrested and transferred to hospital.
20 November 2014, 18:44 A ministerial meeting over food safety got underway under the chairmanship of PM Tammam Salam.
20 November 2014, 18:41 VDL (93.3): A shell fired from Syria landed in the outskirts of the northern town of Amar al-Baikat, causing no injuries.
20 November 2014, 18:11 LF: Aoun's claim about shelling by the LF's artillery against his forces (during civil war) is a false allegation and we regret that General Aoun is trying to deepen the inter-Christian rift.
20 November 2014, 18:03 ISF: Four slaughterhouses were closed for not meeting the proper health standards while some sections at 35 institutions will be shut down until they settle their situations.
20 November 2014, 16:13 VDL (93.3): Salam is chairing a meeting of the committee on the displaced.
20 November 2014, 16:12 VDL (93.3): The army arrested two people in Brital raids, including Ali Shehab Ismail, known as al-Sariini, who was shot in the legs before being detained.
20 November 2014, 15:48 Jreij: The debate over granting licenses for the establishment of new faculties was postponed to another session.
20 November 2014, 15:48 Jreij: The cabinet decided to form a committee for eradicating the worst forms of child labor by 2016.
20 November 2014, 15:48 Jreij: The cabinet approved a draft law accepting the resignation of two members from the Judicial Council.
20 November 2014, 15:47 Jreij: The cabinet approved a draft decree on granting the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music a treasury loan worth LBP 4.1 billion.
20 November 2014, 15:47 Jreij: The cabinet approved a draft decree on the state's debts to hospitals between 2000 and 2011.
20 November 2014, 15:46 Information Minister Jreij after cabinet session: Salam noted that the crisis cell is continuing its efforts and that it convened yesterday to address this critical and complicated issue, hoping its work will lead to the desired results.
20 November 2014, 15:38 OTV: The cabinet session ended and the ministerial committee on food safety will meet at 6:00 pm.
20 November 2014, 14:30 North Lebanon's Governor Ramzi Nohra decided to temporarily shut down al-Faihaa slaughterhouse in Tripoli.
20 November 2014, 14:20 The STL Trial Chamber adjourned the testimony of MP Hamadeh.
20 November 2014, 14:13 A meeting was held between head of al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc Fouad Saniora and U.N. special coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.
20 November 2014, 14:02 Judge Saqr Saqr charged five suspects with smuggling cellular phones via Beirut's airport.
20 November 2014, 13:58 Hamadeh: The meetings at the Bristol hotel formed an “era of the battle of the opposition until the assassination of Prime Minister Hariri.”
20 November 2014, 13:33 A fire broke out in a car near the Gemmayze police station, causing traffic. But firefighters worked on dousing the blaze.
20 November 2014, 13:26 Speaker Berri called for a meeting for the joint parliamentary committees on Tuesday to discuss the food safety law.
20 November 2014, 13:26 Beirut police detained 18 Lebanese and a Syrian for committing various crimes and seized 54 violating motorcycles and 29 vehicles.
20 November 2014, 13:20 TMC: An individual was injured in a collision between a car and a motorcycle on the Dora highway.
20 November 2014, 13:03 Hamadeh: The alliance formed by Hariri and known at the time as the Bristol Gathering began to grow with time. It was a time of “democratic uprising.”
20 November 2014, 13:01 TMC: One person was injured after a bulldozer flipped over in Khaldeh area. He was admitted to Saint George hospital for treatment.
20 November 2014, 13:01 Hamadeh: Hariri did not have a direct role in the Cornet Shahwan gathering but its members sympathized with him over his suffering with the Syrian regime.
20 November 2014, 12:56 VDL (93.3): The Anti-Crime Bureau detained Ali Mohammed Hassan Taha on charges of kidnapping people and carrying out terrorist act in Akkar's Abdeh.
20 November 2014, 12:32 Hamadeh: Hariri felt that he would be named PM again and the parliament would allow him to stay in power.
20 November 2014, 12:22 Hamadeh: Hariri sought hard to form a moderate cabinet that represents most parties in Lebanon. A government that would be able to limit tension.
20 November 2014, 12:16 Hamadeh: Syria had repeatedly asked Jumblat to add to his electoral lists pro-Syrian candidates.
20 November 2014, 12:09 Hamadeh: Hariri used to call the pro-Syrian MPs “Syrian submarines.”
20 November 2014, 12:08 Hamadeh: We also tried to put a platform to the parliamentary elections which were planned for the spring of 2005. We tried to change things.
20 November 2014, 12:08 Hamadeh: We then worked on forming a popular and parliamentary opposition to the extension and the continued Syrian occupation of Lebanon to impose major political decisions on Lebanon.
20 November 2014, 12:04 Hamadeh: After the apointment of interim minsters following our resignation, Hariri was eager to “appease” the Syrian feelings, telling ambassadors should not provoke a Lebanese division on resolution 1559.
20 November 2014, 11:59 Hamadeh: All other actors in Lebanon's political system were becoming secondary.
20 November 2014, 11:59 Hamadeh: Lebanon was a parliamentary system, which was being shifted by Syria into a presidential system, whereby Lahoud -a Syrian candidate and a Syrian representative - was grabbing all powers.
20 November 2014, 11:55 Hamadeh's resignation letter along with the other members of the Democratic Gathering bloc included a statement that it was “impossible to participate in bearing the responsibility to participate in what happened and what's happening.”
20 November 2014, 11:54 Hamadeh said his resignation was in compliance with an agreement reached at Jumblat's residence during a meeting with Hariri following his return from Damascus on August 26, 2004.
20 November 2014, 11:45 The STL prosecution asked Hamadeh what steps he took as a member of the Democratic Gathering after the extension of Lahoud's mandate. He said he resigned along with 3 other cabinet ministers.
20 November 2014, 11:41 MP Marwan Hamadeh is testifying for the fourth day at the STL.
20 November 2014, 11:39 The cabinet convened at the Grand Serail.
20 November 2014, 11:10 Salam: The Syrian refugees crisis demands a national alert.
20 November 2014, 11:10 Salam: We should commit to the dissociation policy.
20 November 2014, 11:09 Salam: We should prioritize the national interests on any individual interest.
20 November 2014, 11:08 Salam: We should resume dialogue to end political deadlock.
20 November 2014, 11:07 Salam: Holding onto stances will not lead to a fruitful result.
20 November 2014, 11:07 Salam: Sharp differences over the system and the fighting over state power shouldn't ruin the state.
20 November 2014, 11:07 Salam: We have to exert efforts after the extension of the parliament's tenure to elect a new president.
20 November 2014, 11:06 Salam: The security and political situation are not stable.
20 November 2014, 11:05 Prime Minister Tammam Salam from the Grand Serail on the occasion of Independence Day: We experiencing limited security due to efforts exerted by the army and security forces.
20 November 2014, 10:17 Ministers started arriving at the Grand Serail to take part in the cabinet session
20 November 2014, 10:16 Health Minister Wael Abou Faour orderd the closure of all unlicensed water sales outlet.
20 November 2014, 10:11 NNA: A Lebanese and 2 Syrians were arrested in Akkar for setting up an illegal international calls center in the town of Arida.
20 November 2014, 09:58 Salam: We hope the contagion of success would move from the world of finance to the world of politics.
20 November 2014, 09:58 Salam hailed bankers for working despite the unending differences among politicians: We are proud of you and congratulate you on your achievements.
20 November 2014, 09:57 Salam: Lebanon is paying the price of hosting the Syrians. He called on Arab and Lebanese bankers to take serious initiatives to stand by the Lebanese state and assist it in carrying this burden.
20 November 2014, 09:56 Salam called for ending the vacuum at the presidency and the swift election of a head of state.
20 November 2014, 09:56 Salam: The Lebanese treasury is suffering from the burden of the Syrian refugees.
20 November 2014, 09:55 Salam: But the situation can't remain the same because of the regional crises that are affecting Lebanon.
20 November 2014, 09:55 Salam: Other economic sectors have survived crises and this is a sign on the Lebanese businessmen's faith in Lebanon's future.
20 November 2014, 09:54 Salam: The success of the banking sector goes to the wise policy of the Central Bank that has organized the sector with the best standards.
20 November 2014, 09:53 PM Tammam Salam at the Annual Arab Banking conference: The banking sector was able to cope with the changes in the world including IT developments.
20 November 2014, 09:46 NNA: Firefighters extinguished a blaze that broke out at an apartment in Ashrafiyeh.
20 November 2014, 09:39 MTV: Police are inspecting a suspicious Audi near the Justice Palace in Beirut.
20 November 2014, 09:32 LBCI: EDL contract workers blocked Rashaya road with burning tires.
20 November 2014, 08:36 MP Yassine Jaber to VDL (100.5): Aoun's demands on the presidential candidates require dialogue.
20 November 2014, 08:34 ISF detained 72 people for committing various crimes throughout Lebanese territories.
20 November 2014, 08:30 Minister Sejaan Qazzi ruled out to VDL (100.5) the amendment of the constitution. We should implement it to elect a new president.
20 November 2014, 07:57 TMC: An individual was injured when two vehicles collided on the Khalde highway.