Jamais une échéance présidentielle n'aura été aussi complexe et déroutante que celle dont témoigne actuellement le Liban. Jamais elle n'aura généré une reconfiguration des alliances aussi étourdissante.
Le président du Parti socialiste progressiste, Walid Joumblatt, a établi un lien direct entre l'élection d'un nouveau président de la République et la stabilité monétaire.
The Change and Reform parliamentary bloc led by MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday stressed that “national partnership” is the solution to Lebanon's compounded problems, urging a mass turnout at the Free Patriotic Movement's annual October 13 rally which has been pushed to October 16 this year.
“We will not back down from our rights, democratic Lebanon and national partnership,” bloc secretary MP Ibrahim Kanaan announced after the weekly meeting in Rabieh.
Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah revealed Tuesday that the Free Patriotic Movement and al-Mustaqbal Movement have reached “agreements” regarding the presidential election, calling for involving Speaker Nabih Berri and Marada Movement chief MP Suleiman Franjieh in the understandings.
Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil stressed on Thursday that Lebanon's state budget for the year 2017 will be ready before the constitutional due date, al-Joumhouria daily reported.
“I am in the process of reaching the final stages in preparing the state's financial plan. It will be presented to the cabinet as soon as a session is set to discuss it,” said Khalil in an interview to the daily.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblat stressed Monday from Bkirki that exerting efforts to reach a “settlement” over the stalled presidential vote is “more important” than focusing on candidates.
After talks with Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi, Jumblat said he visited the patriarch to ask him to “bless the completion of the renovation of the Our Lady Church in Mukhtara.”
Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun's visit to Dar al-Fatwa on the first day of Eid al-Fitr on Wednesday was not a merely courtesy visit, a media report said on Thursday.
Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Daryan stressed Wednesday that only state institutions can protect the Lebanese against terrorism, not the formation of vigilante groups, as he criticized “some MPs” who are boycotting the presidential vote sessions.
“The regional blaze must prompt us to create an insulating wall through establishing a strong State and supporting the army and the security forces,” said Daryan during his Eid al-Fitr sermon at the Mohammed al-Amin Mosque in downtown Beirut.
Speaker Nabih Berri and Free Patriotic Movement founder MP Michel Aoun will meet soon and another meeting is also expected between Hizbullah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Marada Movement leader MP Suleiman Franjieh, a media report said on Monday.
Speaker Nabih Berri urged Lebanon's political forces on Friday to accept an initiative he made to end the political impasse and warned that the due date for the parliamentary elections are growing closer, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.
“This is our last chance and time is passing,” Berri told the daily.
An ordinary cabinet session chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam convened at the Grand Serail on Thursday and focused on the security issues mainly after the Qaa bombings, without touching on any of the controversial files.
“Salam has assured that the Security Forces maintain readiness levels and capability to confront terrorism,” Information Minister Ramzi Jreij said after the meeting.
The government called on all citizens on Tuesday to “embrace the legitimate armed forces” and not to “surrender to panic,” declaring that it will maintain “full readiness” to follow up on the security developments after the unprecedented suicide bombings that rocked the border town of al-Qaa on Monday.
Al menos cinco personas han muerto y otras 15 han resultado heridas después de que cuatro suicidas han detonado sus cinturones explosivos este lunes en una localidad de mayoría cristiana del valle libanés de la Bekaa, en la frontera con Siriay escenario frecuente de acciones yihadistas.
Según han informado a Efe fuentes militares, los suicidas hicieron explotar los cinturones con un intervalo de diferencia entre cada uno de 10 minutos en varios puntos próximos de la población de Qaa.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Tuesday blamed Hizbullah and Iran for the protracting political vacuum in Lebanon, a day after the party accused Riyadh of blocking political solutions in the country.
“Hizbullah, with Iranian support, is to blame for the political vacuum in Lebanon seeing as it is obstructing any effort aimed at resolving the presidential void crisis,” said Jubeir at a joint press conference he held with his French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault.
Hizbullah's parliamentary bloc on Thursday reiterated the party's call for approving an electoral law based on the proportional representation system in order to ensure “fair representation.”
Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq assured that Lebanon's parliamentary elections will be held on time and that the ministry has started the preparations needed for that purpose, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Thursday.
The parliamentary elections are scheduled for June 2017, amid disbelief that the long-awaited polls will be staged on time.
The parliament extended its own term twice, the first time in 2013 and a second time in 2014.
The Change and Reform bloc led by MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday called for passing an electoral law based on proportional representation and warned the government and Prime Minister Tammam Salam against committing any “violation” in the issue of the State Security apparatus.
“Lebanon is at a critical juncture and we need to reassure each other rather than fight each other,” Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil announced after the bloc's weekly meeting in Rabieh.
The national dialogue session will convene in Ain el-Tineh on Tuesday where the participating political factions are set to give a final position on a suggestion put forward by Speaker Nabih Berri in May regarding the electoral laws, al-Akhbar daily reported.
“Tuesday's session is one of the most important meetings in the current rounds of talks, taking into consideration the issues that will be discussed and the Speaker's position with regard to the positions of the interlocutors,” said the daily.
Although Nouhad Al Mashnouq, the Minister of Interior, tried to quell security concerns in the aftermath of the BLOM Bank headquarters bombing on June 12, the cabinet once again postponed a discussion of the sorely contentious fate of the State Security agency that became an orphan institution after senior government officials abandoned it.