Iranian Ambassador to Lebanon Mohammed Jalal Firouznia said that Iran “affirms support for Lebanon’s Resistance and its national unity,” the National News Agency reported on Saturday.Full Story
The Army Intelligence Directorate arrested at dawn on Saturday two jihadists one of them an IS Emir in the Bekaa town of Hermel, media reports said.Full Story
Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian assured that Lebanon is keen on taking all measures needed to encourage tourists to visit Lebanon, noting that financial "abuse of tourists” will not be tolerated, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Saturday.Full Story
Saad Hariri’s new government won a vote of confidence in parliament on Friday as the premier stressed that the CEDRE economic conference is not a “bribe” for naturalizing Syrian refugees in the country.
111 out of 128 MPs gave the government their confidence. Six lawmakers meanwhile withheld confidence -- Kataeb’s three lawmakers in addition to Osama Saad, Jamil al-Sayyed and Paula Yacoubian.Full Story
MP Jamil al-Sayyed on Friday engaged in a verbal clash with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, MP Sami Fatfat and a number of Mustaqbal MPs and ministers, as the parliament resumed its debate of the new government's Policy Statement.Full Story
Assistant State Commissioner to the Military Court Judge Fadi Akiki announced Friday that the gunshot that killed Mohammed Abu Diab during the Jahliyeh incidents was not fired by the Internal Security Forces.
In a report wrapping up his investigations, Akiki also filed a lawsuit against persons unknown over the death of Abu Diab, who was one of ex-minister Wiam Wahhab's bodyguards.Full Story
Officials from the Kataeb Party, the Lebanese Forces and other parties on Friday lauded an apology by MP Mohammed Raad, the head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc, over remarks voiced Wednesday by MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi.
“If apologizing for a mistake is a virtue, acknowledging each other's martyrs is patriotism. From now on, we should not disagree over the truth: Bashir (Gemayel) is the dream of a people and the martyr of the republic,” MP Nadim Gemayel of the Kataeb bloc tweeted.Full Story
MP Ali Ammar of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Friday voiced appreciation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri and said that Hizbullah is not “fond of killing and weapons.”
“When I read the government's Policy Statement I felt that it rises to the level of national responsibility in its best form,” Ammar said in parliament during a session to debate the Policy Statement.Full Story
MP Hassan Fadlallah of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Friday announced that “there are manipulated and missing documents” that could land some ex-PMs in jail.
“There is a 2007 grant worth $10 million and its documents are missing according to auditors,” Fadlallah said ahead of a parliamentary session for debating the new government's Policy Statement.Full Story
The head of Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc, MP Mohammed Raad, on Friday apologized on behalf of the bloc over remarks voiced Wednesday by MP Nawwaf al-Moussawi.
“An undesired debate erupted between some colleagues in the previous session and entailed rejected remarks that were voiced by one of our brothers in the bloc,” Raad said, describing Moussawi's statements as “a personal reaction that exceeded limits.”Full Story