» 02/08/2016, 10.01
Maronite Patriarch: Without a President, Lebanon is on brink of collapse
Card. Rai makes fresh appeal for election of President of the Republic. The prelate denounces political and parliamentary factions who "impede" choice. Vacancy also concerns international diplomacy. UN special envoy: do not take the "stability" of the nation for granted. Parliament in session today.
Approved in Beirut, a government platform that avoids "sensitive" questions
A unanimous vote was taken late yesterday evening. On Friday, parliamentary scrutiny begins, and the confidence vote should take place on Monday. The opposition has not accepted any formula entrusting the state with primacy in the matters of sovereignty and defense.
An uneasy calm reigns in Beirut; the international community backs the government
18 are believed to have died in the clashes over the past two days. The United Nations security council and the Arab League are meeting. Only Syria's Assad speaks of a "domestic Lebanese matter".
Geagea: Bid to resolve Lahoud, Hezbollah issues on 8 June
Card. Sfeir expressed hope that the new electoral law will allow for more representative voting. According to press speculation, the law will provide for 77 MPs elected by a majority and 51 on a proportional basis.
Bishops against constitutional changes to presidential election process
At the end of their monthly meeting, Maronite prelates express their gratitude to the Pope for his closeness to Lebanon. They voice concern about the countryâ€™s deteriorating economic situation.
Optimism voiced about resumed inter-Lebanese talks
It is hoped that a solution will be found about the ownership of the Chebaa Farms; also on the agenda are diplomatic links with Syria while controversies continue about the disarmament of Hezbollah and the self-candidature of Aoun for the presidency of the Republic. Patriarch Sfeir is calling for a just electoral law.
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