Grand Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Rashid Qabbani called on Tuesday on his foes to carry out new election for the Higher Islamic Council within three months to resolve the ongoing row.
“All sides should participate in the elections and accept the result,” Qabbani said in an interview with As Safir newspaper.Full Story
Israeli forces are carrying out drills to confront several scenarios in case of a future war with Hizbullah, including an attack on the Lebanese army, a high-ranking Israeli army official said.
Al-Akhbar newspaper on Tuesday quoted the official as saying that Lebanon's army “could become the enemy at any moment.”Full Story
State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Saqr Saqr charged on Tuesday 37 detainees with smuggling drugs at Roumieh prison.
Information obtained by the Military General Prosecution had said that drug smuggling was taking place at Roumieh prison.Full Story
Speaker Nabih Berri has said the election of a new president next year is more than a necessity, advising consensus on the name of the next head of state and reiterating that the resistance is a right consolidated by the Taef Accord.
“Holding the elections is more than a necessity and all MPs should attend the session to elect the new president,” Berri told several local newspapers published on Tuesday.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Monday denied accusations by Syrian rebels that the FPM has sent fighters to protect Christian places of worship in Syria, saying the claims might be a prelude to a “hostile act” against him.
“I was surprised by the claims and I would've done that publicly if I had the intention,” Aoun said during an interview with MTV, stressing that he does not have a “militia.”Full Story
The Phalange Party demanded on Monday that the international community put a stop to the violations against religious sites and individuals in Syria.
It appealed in a statement after its weekly politburo meeting to the international community to take “immediate and urgent action to ensure the release of the nuns kidnapped from Syria's town of Maalula.”Full Story
Lebanese authorities are mobilizing to help Syrian refugees living in makeshift camps ahead of a winter storm expected to bring snow and heavy rain, caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour said Monday.
"The ministry, in cooperation with UNHCR and all our partners, has mobilized to do what's necessary to protect Syrian refugees and Lebanese citizens in need during this storm," Abu Faour said.Full Story
Caretaker Energy Minister Jebran Bassil stated on Monday that the possibility of holding a cabinet session to address the oil and gas exploration file lies in the hands of the Mustaqbal Movement.
He said: “This issue will only be addressed when the March 14 camp, mainly the Mustaqbal Movement, decides so.”Full Story
President Michel Suleiman stressed on Monday that the presidential elections will be staged as scheduled in spring 2014.
He therefore demanded the “formation of a government that can hold the elections, regardless if it does not enjoy parliament's confidence.”Full Story
Caretaker Public Works and Transport Minister Ghazi Aridi accused the caretaker Finance Minister on Monday of obstructing the allocation of funds for public works throughout the country, including the cleaning of sewers ahead of the winter season.
“I reiterate that I assume responsibility for anything related to the public works ministry,” Aridi said during a lengthy press conference he held at his office after being criticized of neglect when roads were swamped with rainwater last week.Full Story