Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is expected to make a speech through a giant screen during the announcement of a new political document by his al-Mustaqbal movement on Wednesday, An Nahar daily said.
According to An Nahar, Hariri will invite all Lebanese to consolidate Lebanon and urge them not to link the fate of any party to the Syrian regime.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman is seeking to amend the age of retirement for the army commander, suggesting that it be raised to 62 instead of 58, As Safir newspaper reported.
“We don’t want to have to extend the mandate of General Jean Qahwaji (when he reaches the age of retirement),” Suleiman told the daily.Full Story
A boycott by March 14 MPs and lawmakers from MP Walid Jumblat’s National Struggle Front of a crucial parliamentary session on Monday is likely to lead to an open-ended crisis on extra-budgetary spending made in the past six years.
Speaker Nabih Berri’s office announced the adjournment of the session to March 15 over lack of quorum.Full Story
A tripartite meeting was held on Sunday at the Baabda Palace between President Michel Suleiman, Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi and Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun.
“The Baabda tripartite meeting was held to preserve the status of the presidency and show respect for General Aoun's significant popular representation,” Al-Manar television reported.Full Story
The Lebanese army on Sunday arrested a group of Syrian gunmen who had entered Lebanese territory via the border town of al-Qaa, seizing a car and a large cache of weapons, Lebanon’s state-run National News Agency reported.
“After the crackdown on the Syrian town of Qusayr intensified, the Lebanese army managed to arrest 33 gunmen who had entered the Lebanese area of al-Qaa Projects and were on their way to Ablah,” in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, Radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) said.Full Story
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah stressed on Sunday that Jerusalem belongs to Palestine, Arabs, and the Muslims.
He said: “The choice to hold negotiations to return Jerusalem to Palestine are unrealistic because Israel considers the city as its permanent capital.”Full Story
Prime Minister Najib Miqati stated on Sunday that the Lebanese constitution grants the people the right to demonstrate “peacefully and under the rule of law.”
He said via Twitter: “The security situation in Lebanon will not deteriorate because of a demonstration or the regional instability.”Full Story
The recent amendments to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon’s indictment in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri has “confused” Hizbullah, reported the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah newspaper on Sunday.
A source monitoring the situation told the newspaper that Hizbullah understood the amendment to be a precursor for allowing the tribunal to accuse parties in the assassination of the former premier.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman is expected to travel to Qatar on Sunday to attend the International Conference on Telecommunications.
Official sources told the daily An Nahar in remarks published on Sunday that the president may hold talks with Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani during his visit.Full Story
Minister of Transportation and Public Works, Ghazi al-Aridi, of the National Struggle Front stated that the bloc is counting on various political contacts in order to resolve the dispute over government spending ahead of Monday’s parliament session, reported the daily An Nahar on Sunday.
He told the daily however: “We will not attend the session if a settlement is not reached.”Full Story