Lebanon today: Tuesday April 9th Top news

Here are the top stories for Lebanon today:

Prime Minister Saad Hariri blasted recently Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stressing that the latter's comments about Lebanon were “unacceptable.”
Prime Minister Saad Hariri

Lebanon Cabinet  finally approves electricity sector reform 

Lebanon’s Cabinet approved Monday a much-anticipated plan to restructure the country’s dysfunctional electricity sector which hasn’t been developed since the time of the country’s civil war, decades ago.Energy Minister Nada Boustani said that if there were no obstacles, residents could start feeling the difference next year.

Elie Samaha, a U.S. citizen, and Lara Samaha
Elie Samaha, a U.S. citizen, and Lara Samaha

South Florida couple were lured to Lebanon over legal dispute and arrested

The Samahas allege that family members stole millions of dollars left for them in a loved one’s will. They filed lawsuit in Lebanon and another in the Southern District of Florida. The lawsuits name family members and Lebanese officials who the Samahas said were bribed to help in the scheme.

berri nasrallahUS may  sanction  Berri over ties with Hezbollah

The United States is considering sanctioning Lebanese parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri for his ties to Hezbollah and Iran, according to anonymous sources. Berri’s Shiite Amal party served as the forerunner of Hezbollah during Lebanon’s civil war in the 1980s and has retained close ties with the group developed into an independent entity. The US has thus far attempted to avoid upsetting Lebanon’s delicate domestic balance as it pursues its anti-Iran strategy.

Hundreds of Syrians return home from Lebanon

UNHCR aid truckThey returned home on Monday from several areas in Lebanon including Tripoli, Saida, Nabatieh, Bekaa and Akkar, the National News Agency (NNA) reported. Representatives from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) supervised the return in the presence of the Lebanese Red Cross, it added.

 Mike Pompeo
Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Says U.S. to consider sanctions on anyone who backs Hezbollah

During a press conference he said that  Washington will consider sanctions against anyone who supports or deals with the Tehran-backed party. He said Hezbollah is  an armed group not a political movement

Geagea urges Russia to create safe zones for Syrian refugeesgeagea

“The solution lies in exerting a Lebanese diplomatic effort with Russia, seeing as it is the only force present in Syria and it has ties with Iran and the Syrian regime, in order to create safe zones on the Syrian side of the border with Lebanon,” Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea said on Monday after a meeting for the Strong Republic bloc.