The UAE has rejected a formal Egyptian request to release 11 Egyptians arrested recently in the UAE over links with the Muslim Brotherhood group, Gulf News has learnt. An Egyptian delegation led by Essam Al Haddad, a senior adviser to Egyptian President Mohammad Mursi, visited the UAE on Wednesday and met with senior officials to […]
Lebanon Prime Minister Saad Hariri stressed on Wednesday during an Iftar banquet organized by the administrative body of the Federation of Beirut Families Associations at the Phoenicia Hotel his “commitment to the course of the U.N. investigation, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) as the relevant authority for achieving justice.”
Unofficial results showed the Free Patriotic Movement won municipal elections in the North Lebanon town of Batroun while the Lebanese Forces won in Bsharre. Marada Movement chief Suleiman Franjieh defeated his rival Michel Moawwad in Zghorta.
Interior Minister Ziad Baroud announced Sunday that the average turnout in North Lebanon municipal elections stood at 46.8 percent, complaints reached 1,310 and 45 people were detained. At a news conference held at the interior ministry an hour after polls closed at 7pm, Baroud said “zero” casualties were reported in the daylong election on Sunday.
The Interior Ministry issued a statement on Sunday that the average voter turnout as of 5 p.m. for North Lebanon’s municipal elections reached 52 percent. Areas involved in Sunday’s election include Batroun, Zgharta, Bcharre, Koura, Akkar, Donniyeh-Minieh, and Tripoli.
Voters in north Lebanon headed to the polls amid tight security on Sunday for the fourth and last stage of municipal elections. The elections are seen as a test for coexistence in a nation where sectarian resentment continues 20 years after the end of a 1975-1990 civil war.