Ex-PM Najib Miqati, resigned Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi and Telecom Minister Butros Harb on Thursday hit out at ex-PM Saad Hariri's official endorsement of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun for the presidency.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri announced Thursday after talks with Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun that “disagreement” over the latter's presidential nomination will not lead to animosity between the two leaders.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun reassured Thursday that there will be no “bilateral, tripartite or four-party agreements” and that “no one will be excluded” should he be elected president, shortly after his nomination was formally endorsed by ex-PM Saad Hariri.Full Story
The United States and Saudi Arabia Thursday imposed sanctions on alleged Hizbullah members and financial backers, accusing them of funneling money to the Lebanese, Iran-backed group or engaging in “terrorism.”Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement founder and ex-army chief Michel Aoun, who once waged a "war of liberation" against Syrian forces but later allied with pro-Damascus Hizbullah, seems to be poised to achieve his long-cherished dream of becoming Lebanon's president.Full Story
Head of al-Mustaqbal bloc ex-PM Fouad Saniora, Deputy Speaker Farid Makari and Mustaqbal MPs Ahmed Fatfat and Ammar Houri announced Thursday that they would not vote for Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun in any presidential election session, shortly after Aoun was formally endorsed by al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri.Full Story
Al-Mustaqbal Movement leader ex-PM Saad Hariri formally endorsed Thursday the presidential nomination of Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun, describing his decision as a “major political risk” that he is willing to take for the sake of the country.
“Based on the points of agreement that we have reached, I announce today before you my decision to endorse the nomination of General Michel Aoun for the presidency of the republic,” said Hariri in a speech at the Center House -- his downtown Beirut residence.Full Story
Hizbullah's Loyalty to Resistance bloc stressed Thursday that “mutual agreements” among the country's political forces are “necessary before and after the presidential vote.”Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun on Thursday held phone talks with Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat, only hours before an expected declaration by ex-PM Saad Hariri about endorsing Aoun for the presidency.Full Story
Prime Minister Tammam Salam chaired a cabinet session on Thursday at the Grand Serial to tackle several issues, as the presidential file dominates the ministers' talks, the state-run National News Agency reported.
Before the meeting began, Agriculture Minister Akram Shehayyeb commended the stances of PSP leader MP Walid Jumblat as for the presidential elections, he said: “Jumblat's stances are always the clearest. We will take a stance as for the presidential file after the meeting of the Democratic Gathering bloc on Saturday.”Full Story