Dozens of Palestinian youths took to the streets of two refugee camps in southern Lebanon on Monday to denounce the weekend killing of protesters along the Israeli border with Syria.
The youths carried Palestinian and black flags as they marched in the Ain al-Helweh and Mieh Mieh camps where a general strike was observed, with schools and businesses closed.Full Story
Hizbullah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stated on Monday that Sunday’s Naksa Day clashes at the Golan Heights are further evidence of the American administration’s agenda to “steal Arab wealth.”
He said during the opening of a conference on Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: “Yesterday’s actions confirm Washington’s absolute commitment to Israel’s security.”Full Story
No major breakthroughs in the government formation have been reported in the past few hours, while concerned officials have maintained their optimism over the matter, reported al-Liwa on Monday.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati held talks on Sunday with Speaker Nabih Berri’s advisor MP Ali Hasan Khalil on the formation process.Full Story
Premier-designate Najib Miqati is trying to avoid a dispute with Speaker Nabih Berri, who is making all efforts to speed up the cabinet formation process by suggesting a 49-article agenda for the June 8 parliamentary session instead of restricting it with renewing the term of the Central Bank governor, the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat reported on Monday.
Sources told the daily that Berri doesn’t want to shift the government formation crisis to parliament.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has decided not to directly follow up on the cabinet formation process, tasking his advisor MP Ali Hasan Khalil to carry out the mission, An Nahar reported on Monday.
“I am waiting to reach the stage of decision and formation,” Berri said.Full Story
Prime Minister-designate Najib Miqati condemned on Sunday claims that he had received the names of ministerial candidates from various political blocs.
His press office said in a statement: “Up until this moment, the premier-designate has not received any names and any claims contrary to this are an attempt to conceal the truth.”Full Story
President Michel Suleiman has prepared all the necessary steps to renew the term of the Central Bank governor Riyad Salameh “at the right time”, An Nahar daily reported on Monday.
The newspaper said that Suleiman is still giving the new cabinet the priority to renew Salameh’s term once it’s formed.Full Story
The clashes of the Nakba Day at Maroun al-Ras were averted on Sunday as the Lebanese army prevented demonstrations, commemorating the Naksa Day, from being held, reported the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat on Monday.
The army succeeded in imposing its authority over the entire region south of the Litani River, prohibiting Palestinian and Lebanese demonstrators from heading to the southern border.Full Story
Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi urged on Sunday the political leaders in Lebanon to speed up the government formation process.
He said in his Sunday sermon: “We hope they would immediately help the country out of the crisis through the formation of a Cabinet that would only work towards bolstering the dignity of the Lebanese people.”Full Story
Loyalty to the Resistance bloc MP Nawwaf Moussawi stressed on Sunday the need to speed up the government formation process in order to save the country from the March 14 camp’s “destructive agenda.”
“The main motivation behind the government change was to prevent the March 14 camp from leading the country towards sectarian strife over the indictment in the investigation into the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri,” he said.Full Story