March 14 MP Marwan Hamadeh announced that officials from the camp are set to meet again in order to discuss the recent consultations held with Speaker Nabih Berri aimed at revitalizing parliament activity, reported An Nahar daily on Sunday.
He told the daily that the heads of parliamentary committees and members of the parliament bureau will meet for a second time to take a united stand on the resumption of parliamentary work.Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal parliamentary bloc leader Fouad Saniora told President Michel Suleiman that it would be useless to sit at the dialogue table in the presence of a government that gives cover to the suspects in ex-Premier Rafik Hariri's Feb. 2005 assassination, An Nahar daily reported on Sunday.
“What's the point of (engaging in) dialogue in the presence of a government that covers up suspects in ex-PM Rafik Hariri's murder and the assassination attempt of MP Butros Harb,” An Nahar quoted Saniora as telling Suleiman during a meeting they held at Baabda Palace on Saturday.Full Story
Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea renewed on Friday his rejection of the resumption of the national dialogue, hailing President Michel Suleiman's ongoing consultations with various political powers.
He said during a press conference: “We urge Suleiman to maintain his bilateral consultations as a substitute for dialogue.”Full Story
Several March 14 coalition MPs warned Speaker Nabih Berri on Friday against a call for a meeting of joint parliamentary committees to discuss an electoral draft-law, saying such a move would be a “dangerous precedent” in the absence of the opposition.
Following a meeting held by opposition heads of parliamentary committees, rapporteurs and members of parliament's bureau at MP Butros Harb's residence, a statement said that the boycott of March 14 MPs of all parliamentary activity “was forced by the government over its own failure in governing the country.”Full Story
Several Lebanese figures are targets of possible assassinations, reported al-Joumhouria newspaper on Thursday.
A widely informed western diplomatic source told the daily that at least 18 Lebanese officials are being monitored, urging them to take the greatest precautions to protect themselves.Full Story
Spokesman for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon Marten Youssef stated that certain conditions need to be met in order for the assassination of MP Gebran Tueni to be added to the cases tackled by the tribunal, reported An Nahar daily on Wednesday.
He told the daily that the date of the assassination falls within the timeframe of the crimes that may be addressed by the STL.Full Story
Opposition MP Butros Harb revealed on Tuesday that the case of the assassination of MP Gebran Tueni may be referred to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon should the Lebanese judiciary fail to address the matter.
He added: “A lawsuit has been filed against Syrian officers linked to the lawmaker's assassination.”Full Story
The joint parliamentary committees discussed for the second time on Thursday the government's electoral draft-law amid deep divisions between different parliamentary blocs on the districts and the type of electoral system despite an initial agreement on resolving the issue within a certain timeframe.
The government's draft-law divides Lebanon into 13 medium-sized districts based on proportional representation. But huge differences between the March 8 majority coalition and the opposition March 14 alliance are likely to spiral out of control.Full Story
A judicial authority will prevent on Wednesday security agencies from obtaining the telecom data after it extended the deadline until the end of Pope Benedict XVl's three-day visit to Lebanon.
Sources in the authority told As Safir newspaper that giving the complete telecom data to security forces to track crimes violates the constitution and it can't resume.Full Story
The joint parliamentary committees convened on Wednesday to tackle the government-approved electoral law.
Media reports said however that the session was later suspended over a lack of quorum when opposition MPs withdrew from the meeting.Full Story