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13 MPs file partial appeal against banking secrecy law

Thirteen MPs have filed a partial appeal before the Constitutional Council against the new banking secrecy law.

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Bassil in Paris for high-level meetings with French officials

Free Patriotic Movement Jebran Bassil traveled Wednesday morning to Paris, al-Jadeed said, to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron's adviser.

It is not clear whether a meeting with Macron is possible, the media outlet said. Al-Akhbar newspaper also said that a meeting with Macron is not sure.

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Report: Hezbollah says no veto on army chief but remarks over performance

Hezbollah has informed Bkirki that it has no veto over Army chief General Joseph Aoun’s presidential nomination but rather remarks over his performance, MTV said.

The head of the Democratic Gathering bloc MP Taymour Jumblat meanwhile met in Bkirki with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi and said that his bloc will continue to vote for MP Michel Mouawad in the presidential election.

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MSF Lebanon starts cholera vaccination amid threat of full-blown spread

Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is contributing to the national vaccination campaign against cholera launched by the Lebanese Ministry of Public Health’s by vaccinating people in Arsal, Akkar, Tripoli and Baalbek-Hermel in the north and northeast of Lebanon where most cholera cases are registered in the country, a statement said.

“600,000 cholera vaccines received by Lebanon, as first phase procurement, are to be administered in coordination with various international and local actors,” MSF said in a statement.

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32 opposition MPs meet in parliament, stress priority of electing president

Nineteen MPs representing 32 Kataeb Party, independent and change lawmakers on Tuesday met in parliament and stressed that the “ultimate priority” is for the “immediate” election of a new president.

A statement said the legislators discussed “the mechanism of exiting the intractable political crisis which has plunged the country into the inferno of presidential vacuum, amid a dire economic and social situation accompanied by a total paralysis of the various state institutions and administrations in this critical period of Lebanon’s history.”

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Bassil slams 'farce' as capital control debate protracts

"What happened today is a farce," Free Patriotic Movement Jebran Bassil said Tuesday about a joint parliamentary session that discussed a capital control law.

"The session showed that there is no will to pass the law," Bassil went on to say.

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Lebanon to use SDR funds for emergency electricity plan

The first phase of Lebanon’s emergency electricity plan, which will provide 8-10 hours of daily power supply in return for a tariff hike, is expected to move forward without obstacles after a recent solution was found, a media report said on Tuesday.

Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said the solution was found by caretaker PM Najib Mikati “in coordination and cooperation with Speaker Nabih Berri, Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh and caretaker Finance Minister Youssef Khalil.”

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Berri to start talks with local parties after call for dialogue failed

Speaker Nabih Berri will activate in the coming days his contacts with local parties concerning the election of a new president, Asharq al-Awsat newspaper said.

In remarks published Tuesday, the daily said that Berri who had warned of vacuum, is also betting on positive foreign efforts to expedite the election of a new president.

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AUB 1st in MENA region, among top 140 in the world in QS WUR for sustainability

The American University of Beirut was ranked 1st in the MENA region in sustainability and tied with Princeton University at the 140th place globally in the QS World University Rankings (WUR): Sustainability 2023, the university said in a statement Tuesday.

In its first edition, the QS Sustainability Rankings were announced by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) university ranking agency. The rankings looked at 700 of the world’s top universities that were deemed eligible and compared them against environmental and social sustainability metrics, to see which universities are doing the most to tackle major environmental, social, and governance (ESG) challenges. "The American University of Beirut was the only university in Lebanon to be ranked and number one in the MENA Region," the statement said.

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Presidential election saga: Franjieh's chances after Nasrallah's speech

Parliament will fail again to elect a president on Thursday, al-Akhbar newspaper said Tuesday.

The daily reported that unless Hezbollah succeeds in convincing the Free Patriotic Movement to back the group's candidate Suleiman Franjieh, the election sessions will lead to the same results and Hezbollah will not vote for Franjieh.

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