Hezbollah backed Sunni MPs meet at Lebanon’s Dar al-Fatwa amid cabinet deadlock

Meetings held at the Dar al-Fatwa in Beirut Thursday were the only development linked to Lebanon’s cabinet formation process. Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Latif Derian received a delegation of Hezbollah backed  Sunni deputies including Abdel Rahim Mrad, Qassem Hashem, Adnan Trabelsi and al-Walid Sukkarieh. The deputies are demanding a representation in the next cabinet, a request […]

Hariri to present Lebanon unity cabinet to Aoun in 48 hours, report

Lebanon Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is expected  to meet with President Michel Aoun in the coming 48 hours to present him with the Cabinet lineup, Lebanese media reported on Sunday. “Prime Minister Hariri is waiting for a final answer from the Lebanese Forces to his latest Cabinet offer before he meets with President Aoun either Monday or Tuesday […]

Macron warns Aoun that Lebanon could lose the grants if cabinet formation deadlock persists

French President Emmanuel Macron refrained from making a statement after his meeting with President Michel Aoun on Friday, despite the grave consequences for Lebanon  over the  government deadlock, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Saturday. According to information obtained by the daily about the meeting between the two men, on the sidelines of the Francophone Summit in Armenia,  that Macron […]

Hundreds of Syrian refugees return home from Lebanon

BEIRUT- Hundreds of Syrian refugees gathered Monday morning to return to their homeland from Lebanon, local media reported. “Syrian families gathered on the Aboudiya crossing border whereby Lebanon’s General Security took the necessary measures to secure their voluntary return to Syria,” according to the National News Agency (NNA). NNA reported that Syrian families thanked the […]

Hezbollah chief: ” STL does not mean anything to us”, warns against ‘playing with fire’

Hezbollah chief  Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday warned against “betting on the final ruling of the   Special Tribunal for Lebanon”  and  he called for postponing the thorny debate on Lebanon’s ties with Syria until after the formation of the new government. “Some March 14 circles are saying that the main reason behind delaying the formation of the government is that […]

Is medical marijuana the antidote to Lebanon’s trade deficit?

By REBECCA COLLARD For decades, Lebanon’s Bekka Valley has hosted a vibrant and sometimes violent hashish industry. Police often clash with the well-armed cannabis growers who use machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades to defend their crops, which bring in billions of dollars every year. But now the Lebanese government is milling a controversial idea: Taking […]

FPM attacks Geagea , accuses him of hindering the cabinet formation

BEIRUT, Lebanon –  The Free Patriotic Movement and its leader  Gebran Bassil snapped  back at Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in a statement Thursday, after he gave a televised interview with local news channel MTV, criticizing the FPM for hindering the government formation process. “Personal and collective political suicide is when a person harms himself, his brother and […]

Aoun Asserts to US Lebanon’s Commitment to Implement UN Resolution 1701

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Robert Story Karem expressed his country’s concern over Iran’s role in the region, a source following up on the official’s visit to Lebanon told Asharq Al-Awsat. The source said Karem discussed the issue with President Michel Aoun during their meeting at the presidential palace on Thursday. They […]

Syria Ties Further Complicate Lebanon’s Cabinet Formation Process

The Lebanese government formation crisis has grown after demands by some parties for bigger shares – seen as the main obstacle – were topped by calls for an agreement on the normalization of relations with Syria as part of the cabinet’s policy statement. Sources informed of President Michel Aoun’s stances expressed surprise at the attempts […]