Lebanon: Efforts to remove obstacles to cabinet sessions

President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri are expected to launch consultations on Monday to hold a cabinet session to place Lebanon on the right track to obtaining $11bn in loans pledged by international donors at the CEDRE conference following last week’s parliamentary approval of the 2019 budget, government sources said. “The Prime Minister […]

Hezbollah’s moves against Jumblatt flirts with a return to Lebanon’s dark days

A political crisis in Beirut following a deadly shooting last month has revived memories of one of the most controversial chapters in Lebanon’s post-war history, when a court imprisoned a prominent opponent of the Syrian regime. When Hezbollah-backed political foes of Druze leader Walid Joumblatt suggested he was somehow involved in a firefight last month […]

Lebanon’s parliament passes 2019 austerity budget

The parliament of Lebanon approved a 2019 austerity budget on Friday in an attempt to rescue an economy that is crumbling under massive debt and unlock billions of dollars in international aid, state media reported. The vote came nearly two months after the cabinet approved the budget, which is expected to trim Lebanon’s deficit to 7.59 percent […]

Unidentified aircraft targets IRGC and Hezbollah military camp in Iraq

An unmanned aircraft dropped explosives on a base belonging to Iran-linked Shiite paramilitary groups the so called al Hashd al-Shaabi (Popular Mobilization Units)   in northern Iraq on Friday, killing at least one person, the army and paramilitary sources said. The Iraqi military said in a statement a drone had dropped a grenade onto the base […]

Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi quits Lebanon parliament after shooting incident

Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi  resigned from the Lebanese Parliament on Thursday, days after he denied  shooting  his son-in-law at a police station. According to local media reports Hezbollah asked him to resign Musawi’s resignation comes months after Hezbollah temporarily suspended his participation in Parliament due to comments he made about President-elect Bachir Gemayel, who was assassinated in […]

Lebanon exempts Palestinians from new foreign labour law

Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri announced yesterday that Palestinians are not being included in restrictions placed on foreign workers in the country. Calling on Minister of Labour Kamil Abu Sleiman to make a formal announcement on the matter, Berri said: “We are witnessing the repercussions of the decision of the Minister of Labour on Palestinian […]

Lebanese fishermen may finally be able to supply decent fresh fish, thanks to UK aid

Inauguration of the “Rehabilitation and Equipping the Jiyeh Fishermen Port and Construction of a Fish Market and Facilities” project funded by UKaid When the impossible becomes possible! Through this project, I am now able to support my family and give them a better life,” said fishermen Wafic El Sabra. 72 fishermen are now able to […]

Hariri :We are committed to develop Lebanon’s maritime capabilities

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri renewed his commitment to UN Security Council Resolutions 1701 and 2433, which stipulate that Lebanon should develop a plan for the enhancement and development of its maritime capabilities. Hariri visited on Monday the UNIFIL Maritime Task Force (MTF) at the Beirut Port. He was welcomed by UNIFIL Head of Mission […]

Saudi Arabia pledged to support indebted Lebanon, say ex-PMs after meeting king Salman

Saudi Arabia is preparing to support Lebanon through its economic challenges, three Lebanese ex-premiers indicated after meeting Saudi King Salman in Jeddah on Monday. After years of backsliding, heavily indebted Lebanon faces financial crisis without economic reforms to put public finances on a sustainable footing, its leaders say. Parliament is due to vote this week […]

Why people in Lebanon are turning on their politicians

By Jane Ferguson On a sunny afternoon in mid-June, several hundred students and lecturers from the Lebanese University, in Beirut, gathered in a square outside the Prime Minister’s office. Some stood on top of a pickup truck loaded with loudspeakers, leading chants against proposed government budget cuts to the university. “We want to continue our […]