Prime Minister Najib Miqati reiterated on Thursday that averting the cabinet crisis depends on the ministers who should implement the government’s decisions, According to An Nahar newspaper.
“I am definite that (Free Patriotic Movement leader) MP Michel Aoun, who is keen to maintain the cabinet’s credibility, will give (Labor) Minister Charbel Nahhas the right advice,” Miqati told the daily.Full Story
An Audit Bureau report on the red diesel scandal will likely lay blame on certain people as rival ministries have launched their own investigations to trade accusations.
The head of the Bureau, Judge Aouni Ramadan, told As Safir daily published Thursday that the probe carried out by the prosecutor’s office has reached a conclusion that certain people were suspected to be aware of the scandal.Full Story
A “political” meeting was held on Wednesday between Premier Najib Miqati and Energy and Water Minister Jebran Bassil, OTV reported.
The meeting was held on the sidelines of the periodic meeting of the ministerial committee tasked with scrutinizing tenders for leasing power generation ships.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat on Wednesday declared the death of the Taef Agreement which ended the 1975-1990 civil war in Lebanon, calling on Syria’s ruling Baath Party to leave power.
At a seminar organized by the Friends of Kamal Jumblat Association on the topic of “The Rise of Islamists and Fundamentalism to Power in the Arab Countries”, Jumblat reassured that “the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya -- which were liberated from the chains of the regime -- are not in danger.”Full Story
The eight lawyers assigned by the Defense Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon to the accused in the Ayyash et al. case have been sworn in, the U.N.-backed court said Wednesday in a statement.
The Defense Office appointed the lawyers on February 2 to represent four Hizbullah members -- Salim Ayyash, Mustafa Badreddine, Hussein Anaissi and Assad Sabra -- due to be tried in absentia for the 2005 murder of ex-premier Rafik Hariri.Full Story
Hizbullah deputy chief Sheikh Naim Qassem on Wednesday called on the March 14 forces to “stop betting on regional developments to alter the balance of power in Lebanon,” stressing that Lebanon will remain “the Lebanon of resistance for tens of years.”
Qassem’s remarks come a day after the March 14 forces held a rally at the BIEL hall in Beirut to commemorate the seventh anniversary of ex-PM Rafik Hariri’s assassination.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman on Wednesday said that Lebanon “took notice” about U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s letter regarding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon cooperation protocol.
He briefed ministers of foreign affairs and justice, Adnan Mansour and Shakib Qortbawi, on the content of the letter he received from Ban through the foreign ministry.Full Story
The Lebanese army and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) on Wednesday carried out a joint live firing exercise combining artillery and machine gun fire near UNIFIL Headquarters in the southern town of Naqoura, UNIFIL said in a statement.
Named “Neptune Thunder”, the military exercise is periodically carried out by the army and UNIFIL forces.Full Story
Prime Minister Najib Miqati said on Wednesday that the cabinet crisis which erupted earlier in the month hasn’t been resolved yet.
“The cabinet’s (work) is ongoing and there is no problem in the government,” Miqati said after holding talks with Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.Full Story
Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders praised on Wednesday the Lebanese government for funding the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and hailed the Belgian-Lebanese bilateral relations.
“We are eager to continue our cooperation with the United Nations Security Council for the upcoming three years,” Reynders said after meeting with Prime Minister Najib Miqati at the Grand Serail.Full Story