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05 May 2015, 12:12 A meeting is underway between French President Francois Hollande and Mustaqbal leader Saad Hariri in Riyadh.
05 May 2015, 12:09 Jumblat: Former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and I had the same conviction on the necessity of Syria's pullout from Lebanon based on the Taef.
05 May 2015, 12:06 Jumblat said there were campaigns against Patriarch Sfeir by pro-Syrian politicians.
05 May 2015, 12:05 Jumblat: Sfeir was honest. He had called for Syria's full and unconditional withdrawal from Lebanon.
05 May 2015, 11:58 Jumblat: There was no difference between the Lebanese and Syrian intelligence apparatuses because they had one leader – Assad and his representative Lahoud.
05 May 2015, 11:56 Jumblat said he was among officials who sought to expand the opposition against Lahoud's extension.
05 May 2015, 11:50 Jumblat: Hariri always used to hold onto the Taef Accord.
05 May 2015, 11:50 Jumblat: After the extension of Lahoud's term, I said “enough.” It is time for Lebanon to become an independent state.
05 May 2015, 11:46 Jumblat said he used to call for good ties with Syria because of geopolitics.
05 May 2015, 11:46 Jumblat said he used to call for good ties with Syria because of geopolitics.
05 May 2015, 11:42 Jumblat: The failure to abolish political confessionalism was an excuse for the Syrians to remain in Lebanon.
05 May 2015, 11:40 Jumblat: Assad used to be and is still is a tyrant.
05 May 2015, 11:38 Jumblat: Taef had called for abolishing political confessionalism but this has not been achieved and could not be achieved by the Lebanese.
05 May 2015, 11:31 Jumblat: Ties between Hizbullah and the Syrian regime have always been good.
05 May 2015, 11:28 Jumblat said that at first he was not in favor of UNSCR 1559 and held onto the Taef Accord.
05 May 2015, 11:18 PSP chief MP Walid Jumblat resumed his testimony at the STL.
05 May 2015, 11:10 The Lebanese army said it arrested several wanted suspects during raids it carried out at dawn in the area of Sahra al-Shweifat.
05 May 2015, 10:53 Salam: We are exerting efforts to run the state, but the absence of a president and the paralysis of the parliament are weakening the government.
05 May 2015, 10:53 Salam: The cabinet can never replace the president.
05 May 2015, 10:53 Salam: The army and security forces are maintaining the country's stability.
05 May 2015, 10:53 Salam: The political stability is a must to safeguard the country.
05 May 2015, 10:52 Salam: Harming the national security is forbidden.
05 May 2015, 10:51 Salam: The cabinet was able to maintain limited stability.
05 May 2015, 10:51 Salam: We have to reach a political breakthrough and have a will to prioritize the nation's interests.
05 May 2015, 10:49 Salam: The sharp political rift banned us from making important decisions.
05 May 2015, 10:49 Salam: The private business sector has been keeping the conomy intact.
05 May 2015, 10:48 Salam: All the crises, including the Syrian refugees, weakened the Lebanese economy, which was recently hit by ceasing the land exportation.
05 May 2015, 10:47 Salam: The Lebanese economy has been suffering during the past decade.
05 May 2015, 10:47 Salam: Lebanon is holding onto its Arab nationality.
05 May 2015, 10:46 PM Salam at the Arab Economic Forum: On behalf of the Lebanese people i thank the GCC, in particular Saudi Arabia.
05 May 2015, 10:42 Rafik Hariri University Hospital employees protested to demand the payment of their salaries.
05 May 2015, 10:15 Director of the Chamber of Commerce for Mount Lebanon and Beirut Mohammed Shuqair at the Arab Economic Forum: The security situation in Lebanon is stable and Arabs should spend the summer vacation in Beirut.
05 May 2015, 10:11 The owners of cable TV providers held a protest near the Justice Palace, demanding the state to prevent local Lebanese channels from increasing fees on subscribers.
05 May 2015, 10:09 The abducted servicemen held captive by al-Nusra Front warned in a new video from attempts to involve the Lebanese army and Hizbullah in al-Qalamoun battle: We will pay the price.
05 May 2015, 10:07 Head of the Association of Banks in Lebanon Francois Bassil at the Arab Economic Forum: The ongoing presidential vacuum is abnormal and is impacting the state.
05 May 2015, 09:48 PM Tammam Salam arrived at Phoenicia InterContinental Hotel to attend the Arab Economic Forum.
05 May 2015, 09:26 MP Ahmed Fatfat to VDL (100.5): Hizbullah is rushing to the battle of Qalamun to cut the road to the Lebanese army's expansion on the border.
05 May 2015, 09:14 NNA: The robber of a supermarket in Sidon was arrested by the ISF Intelligence Branch.
05 May 2015, 08:27 VDL (93.3): The army detained 50 Syrian nationals without identification papers in several towns in Akkar.
05 May 2015, 08:10 Al-Jadeed: The army is raiding Syrian encampments in Akkar.
05 May 2015, 07:40 MP Atef Majdalani to VDL (93.3): We all agree that the cabinet should continue its work.
05 May 2015, 07:29 ISF arrested 75 people for committing different crimes across Lebanon.
04 May 2015, 21:35 Al-Mustaqbal and Hizbullah stressed during their 11th dialogue session "the need to maintain the regularity and continuity of the work of state institutions."
04 May 2015, 19:46 National News Agency: Heavy gunfire erupted as a clash renewed between the Fayyad and Rahhal families in the town of al-Faour and the army has cordoned off the area.
04 May 2015, 18:56 LBCI: Beirut's governor has suspended two Beirut Fire Brigade officers pending the end of investigations into the Mar Elias blaze that led to the death of two firefighters.
04 May 2015, 17:52 The STL adjourned its session to Tuesday.
04 May 2015, 17:51 Jumblat: Everyone knew that Hariri had to accept the extension at Syria's order.
04 May 2015, 17:50 Jumblat: My animosity to Lahoud stems from his military background and his complete loyalty to the Syrian regime.
04 May 2015, 17:49 Jumblat: Lahoud was a puppet in the hands of Assad.
04 May 2015, 17:47 Justice Minister Rifi: The Justice Ministry is speeding up the file of the Islamist detainees, which will be completely finalized in late July.
04 May 2015, 17:23 Jumblat: Resolution 1559 would not have been issued had it not been for the extension of Lahoud's term.
04 May 2015, 17:22 Jumblat: Hariri and I later rejected the resolution and repeatedly called for the implementation of the Taef Accord.
04 May 2015, 17:22 Jumblat: Resolution 1559 was linked to the extension. Hariri was later accused of being behind the resolution. The resolution was in fact out of the hands of the Lebanese.
04 May 2015, 17:20 Jumblat: For the Democratic Gathering, the extension presented a new phase for us. It was marked by new political alliances. We sought to create the largest front to confront the forced extension.
04 May 2015, 17:18 Jumblat: Hariri was very shaken politically because he was aware of the challenges that will face him after the extension of Lahoud's term.
04 May 2015, 17:15 Jumblat: I advised Hariri to accept the extension out of fear for my friend. My friendship with Hariri was greater than our political choices.
04 May 2015, 17:11 Jumblat: Assad directly threatened Hariri because the Syrians knew that had he and I rejected the extension at parliament, it would not have passed.
04 May 2015, 17:10 Jumblat: I was forced to make a choice and I chose to reject the extension. My conscience is clear.
04 May 2015, 17:10 Jumblat: Despite the threat against me by Syria, I chose to oppose the extension because it was time for the rise of a free and independent Lebanon.
04 May 2015, 17:03 Jumblat: I concluded Assad's statements to be a political and physical threat to Hariri. I therefore persuaded him to accept the extension for his own safety because I know what the Syrian regime is capable of.
04 May 2015, 17:02 Jumblat: I met Hariri after his meeting with Assad in August 2004. Assad told Hariri to accept Lahoud's extension, saying that “I am Lahoud and Lahoud is me.”
04 May 2015, 16:48 Jumblat: Hariri and I agreed to reject the extension of Lahoud's term, but we each had our own way of executing this decision.
04 May 2015, 16:40 The STL aired a recording of part of the August 2004 meeting between Hariri and Ghazali.
04 May 2015, 16:33 Kataeb's politburo: We warn of the new assassination plots and adding the name of the Saudi ambassador to Lebanon to the list of the targeted figures is aimed at harming the Lebanese-Saudi ties.
04 May 2015, 16:22 Jumblat: I after expressing my refusal, Ghazali informed Assad and Lahoud, who each canceled meetings I had scheduled with them.
04 May 2015, 16:22 LBCI: The judiciary has summoned cable providers to the central criminal investigations department over the lawsuit filed by local TV stations against them.
04 May 2015, 16:18 Jumblat: I had a meeting with Ghazali in August 2004 during which I informed him that I opposed the extension of Lahoud's term. Ghazali responded that 'You are either with us or against us.'
04 May 2015, 16:16 The STL resumed its session.
04 May 2015, 15:59 LBCI: Judge Samir Hammoud referred to the criminal investigations department the lawsuit filed by the TV networks against some companies and individuals on charges of violating articles 87 and 88 of the law protecting intellectual property.
04 May 2015, 14:45 The STL adjourned its session for a lunch break.
04 May 2015, 14:39 Jumblat: The December 2003 raised Hariri's suspicions of Assad's intentions towards him.
04 May 2015, 14:38 Jumblat: It was Hariri's habit to inform us of the details of his meetings with Syrian officials.
04 May 2015, 14:35 Jumblat: Assad informed Hariri during the meeting that he is in charge of Lebanon. It is strange how the president of another country would make such a remark to the premier of another.
04 May 2015, 14:33 Jumblat on the December 2003 meeting between Hariri and Bashar Assad: The PM informed me of that meeting and how he was summoned to Damascus.
04 May 2015, 14:27 Jumblat: I always enjoyed close ties with Hariri, starting when I met him in the 1980s and until his death. I saw him a day before he was killed.
04 May 2015, 14:19 Jumblat: Hariri and Hafez Assad enjoyed good ties. Relations with Syria began to change when Bashar Assad came to power.
04 May 2015, 14:17 Jumblat: I met Rustom Ghazali several times when he was under the command of Kanaan.
04 May 2015, 14:16 Jumblat: I did not have friendly ties with Ghazali.
04 May 2015, 14:15 Jumblat: Kanaan was strict, but, at least with me, he was honest.
04 May 2015, 14:10 Firefighters doused a blaze that had erupted at German Kitchens in Sad al-Bauchrieh.
04 May 2015, 14:05 Jumblat: I used to sense the hostility against Hariri by Syrian officials by the tone of their voice or such remarks as 'who does he think he is?' Such statements can be interpreted as threats.
04 May 2015, 14:00 Jumblat: Jamaa Jamaa and Rustom Ghazali were killed. All these Syrian figures could have played a crucial role in the investigation into Hariri's murder.
04 May 2015, 13:59 Jumblat on the death of several Syrian security officials linked to the time when Hariri was in power: All those, who directly or indirectly, took part in the premier's assassination were killed.
04 May 2015, 13:59 Jumblat: Kanann was forced to commit suicide. Assef Shawkat, who on the day of Hariri's murder, was appointed head of Syrian intelligence.
04 May 2015, 13:58 Jumblat: Hostility towards Hariri was based on reports that reached the Syrian leadership. These reports were made by various Syrian security apparatuses.
04 May 2015, 13:56 Jumblat: During our official and non-official meetings, Syrian officials viewed Hariri as a powerful figure. From a sectarian approach, they were intimidated by a powerful Sunni Lebanese official.
04 May 2015, 13:52 MTV: Health inspectors and state security raided a chicken warehouse in Taanayel.
04 May 2015, 13:49 Jumblat: I maintained my friendships with Shehabi and Khaddam after the change of the Syrian leadership.
04 May 2015, 13:48 Jumblat on Bashar Assad: He did not leave any impression on me. We did not have a personal relationship. Our first meeting was strange during which he asked me silly questions and the second one focused on Hariri.
04 May 2015, 13:46 Judge Saqr Saqr charged 41 Roumieh prison inmates for carrying out riots and kidnapping soldiers and assaulting them.
04 May 2015, 13:44 Jumblat: Kanaan was keen that I keep good ties with Syria and he arranged a meeting with Bashar Assad in 2001 or 2002, but the rift between me and the Syrian leadership had started.
04 May 2015, 13:38 The STL resumed its session.
04 May 2015, 13:00 The STL adjourned its session for a short break.
04 May 2015, 12:59 Jumblat: After the Israeli withdrawal from the South in 2000, I demanded the repositioning of Syrian troops in Lebanon ahead of their withdrawal from the country in adherence to the Taef Accord.
04 May 2015, 12:50 Jumblat: I met with Bashar Assad a second time, this time in Syria. It was not a comfortable meeting and he focused his questions on Hariri. Evidence of his hostility towards him was clear in this meeting.
04 May 2015, 12:48 Jumblat: I wanted to meet Bashar Assad and we talked about silly matters, but I humored him. Ghazi Kanaan informed me after the meeting that “I should be aware of who the Assad family is.”
04 May 2015, 12:46 Jumblat: I met Bashar Assad twice before his election as president and before the death of his father.
04 May 2015, 12:41 VDL (93.3): The army arrested Ibrahim Abdullah in Tripoli. He is wanted for opening fire on troops. It also arrested Mohammed Saadeddine on suspicion of belonging to terrorist groups.
04 May 2015, 12:36 Jumblat: The implementation of the will of the Syrian president is done through the Syrian security apparatus in Lebanon and the Lebanese security agencies that were affiliated to it.
04 May 2015, 12:34 VDL (93.3): The army arrested a wanted man and 10 other suspects in raids it carried out in Bourj al-Barajneh and Fanar.
04 May 2015, 12:32 Jumblat: The Baath Party's totalitarian view does not recognize Lebanon as an independent country. It viewed us as a Syrian province. We were not just confronting a security apparatus, but a political ideology as well.
04 May 2015, 12:30 Jumblat: A Syrian order was made to elect Lahoud as president. Lebanese officials were summoned to the headquarters of the Syrian intelligence in Lebanon where we were ordered to fulfill their demands. Very few people had the courage to oppose them.
04 May 2015, 12:28 Jumblat: I along with Hariri, Hrawi, Hikmat al-Shehabi, and Abdul Halim Khaddam succeeded in delaying by three years the election of Lahoud as president.
04 May 2015, 12:26 Jumblat: I opposed the election of military officials as president. Fouad Chehab and Michel Suleiman were exceptions to this rule.
04 May 2015, 12:20 Jumblat: Hafez and Bashar Assad were friends with Lahoud and we sensed that the security grip over Lebanon was tightening.
04 May 2015, 12:15 Jumblat: We delayed the election of Lahoud to avoid the arrival of a president who was completely aligned with Syria. We sought a president who had some room to maneuver in order to implement the Taef Accord.
04 May 2015, 12:13 Jumblat: Given this reality, I sought with some Lebanese and Syrian officials to avoid the election of Lahoud as president.
04 May 2015, 12:12 Jumblat: The prime minister and president had no control over the Lebanese army, which was under the command of Emile Lahoud. The army answered to Syria.