Eighty-six lawmakers nominated Beirut MP Tammam Salam for the premiership on the first day of binding parliamentary consultations at the Baabda Palace, winning key endorsements from across the political spectrum.
The consultations kicked off on Friday with Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Miqati, who stated after meeting with President Michel Suleiman that he nominates Salam for the premiership.Full Story
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat announced on Thursday his support for nominating Beirut MP Tammam Salam for premiership, stating that he will not take part in any one-sided government.
"I have picked Mr. Tammam Salam and I have contacted him,” Jumblat said in an interview on LBCI television.Full Story
A French court on Thursday annulled a parole granted to Lebanese leftist militant Georges Abdallah, after postponing its final decision several times, al-Mayadeen television reported.
Meanwhile, LBCI said security forces closed the road outside the French embassy in Beirut in anticipation of a possible protest by Georges Abdallah's supporters.Full Story
Syrian warplanes pounded on Wednesday a house on the outskirts of the eastern border town of Arsal.
The house belongs to a member of al-Awad family, the state-run National News Agency reported.Full Story
Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday launched a vehement verbal attack on Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat and hinted that he will not renominate Najib Miqati for the premiership.
“Jumblat is mentally unstable and he is trying to punish us because we backed the Orthodox Gathering (electoral) law,” said Aoun during an interview on his movement's mouthpiece OTV.Full Story
Syndicate Coordination Committee's head Hanna Gharib will resume giving classes at Mar Elias Btina College after the Easter break, radio Voice of Lebanon (93.3) reported on Monday.
This news comes after reports said two days ago that Gharib was fired for missing classes during his participation in the SCC's protests.Full Story
Three Lebanese have been kidnapped in Lagos, a rare case of expatriate kidnapping in Nigeria's commercial center, the state-run National News Agency reported Wednesday.
NNA said the Lebanese foreign ministry was informed about the kidnapping, adding that contacts are underway to set them free.Full Story
Syrian President Bashar Assad has appealed to the leaders of a five-nation economic forum to intervene to stop the violence in Syria and encourage dialogue in his country's two-year conflict.
Assad said Syria is being subjected to "acts of terrorism backed by Arab, regional and Western nations" — a reference to the Western-backed opposition fighting his regime.Full Story
The closing statement of the Doha Arab Summit called on Tuesday for providing support to the Lebanese military institution, urging also the adoption of the cabinet's plan for rescuing Syria's refugees.
“We reiterate our full support to Lebanon and to its cabinet and we pledge to preserve the country's security and stability,” the closing statement said.Full Story
President Michel Suleiman on Tuesday called on the Arab states to “share the burden” of hosting the Syrian refugees and urged them to seek the release of nine Lebanese pilgrims abducted by an armed group in the Syrian town of Aazaz.
“The number of Syrian refugees has surged and it is now equivalent to one quarter of Lebanon's population. Although the Lebanese state has decided not to close the border, the situations indicate that the security problems will increase and this requires a serious discussion in order to find a solution to this aggravating problem in a country based on delicate checks and balances,” Suleiman said in his address at the Arab Summit in Doha.Full Story