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Date: 24- 25 April 2014 

Geagea: I'm willing to engage in dialogue with Hizbullah, but dialogue must happen in the form of an official meeting between the president, the ministers of defense and interior, and Hizbullah's officials. We would tell them it is unacceptable to start any war and that the decision must be in the hand of the state.

Geagea: A decision must be taken to stop taking in more Syrian refugees.

LBCI: The Lebanese Army arrested a Syrian carrying a suicide vest containing 5 kilos of explosives at a house in Arsal, where he was holding Syrian hostages and demanding a ransom.

Geagea: No one asked me to nominate myself and what pushed me to seriously mull this option is the fact that the situation in Lebanon has become intolerable.

Geagea to Jumblat: I have nominated myself to continue the project that he wants. The Druze, the Christians and all Lebanese have no alternative other than a strong state that belongs to everyone. I advise him to seek this solution through his vote.

Geagea: I tell Walid Beik that he played a central role in Lebanon between 2005 and 2010 and all his struggle was for the sake of reaching a strong state.

Two people were wounded in al-Beddawi's Wadi al-Nahleh area as a dispute between members of the Kour and Suleiman families erupted into gunfire.

Geagea: We in March 14 and the LF have a project to build a state. Never before has a president come and proposed a clear program with such controversial topics. There is a need to make a landmark shift in Lebanon through a presidential program.

Geagea: I will carry on with my nomination until the end and this has nothing to do with General Aoun's candidacy.

Geagea: I'm afraid that the other camp will not attend the second round of voting on a new president. They are telling us "you either vote for our candidate or we won't attend."

Geagea: An MP told me that there is a great friendship between him and MP Helou and that he would vote for him in the first round. However, during the serious sessions, Hariri, Oqab Saqr and others will all attend.

Geagea: Nine years after the withdrawal of the Syrian army from Lebanon, I regret to say that some parties are still emulating it.

Geagea: The main thing I felt while watching yesterday's session was the fact that Lebanese MPs were voting for a president through their free will. I also felt appalled and disgusted at those who exploited worthless judicial verdicts that had been issued during the Syrian occupation era.

Geagea: The person who called the lawmakers "the MPs of shame" is now wanted by the STL. We cannot take this attack seriously and we know how many times they have attacked the president.

Geagea: I do not claim that no mistakes had occurred during the war and I had apologized over these mistakes. I apologize again and again but let no one accuse me of "crucifying Jesus" or inventing the war.

Geagea: Unfortunately, no one wants to remember that everyone took part in the war. They only want to remember Samir Geagea, who was the last to join the war and the first to leave it.

Geagea: My past is not absurd, my past is part of Lebanon's past. Some parties want to launch unjust accusations against me and I had apologized because war is ugly, regardless of its form.

Geagea: Before anything else, I recall to mind the Armenian massacres and the Armenians who are still suffering until today, from Lebanon to Armenia and even Kassab. I stand by them, away from any circumstantial political stance.

Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea in an interview on LBCI: I seriously thought of nominating Aoun for the presidency in 2005, because he was the only candidate back then, but that was rejected by the LF's top officials.

Military sources to LBCI: The army is raiding the houses of Abou Daas and Talal Issa in Bab al-Tabbaneh after Abou Daas opened fire in Syria Street.

Al-Jadeed: MP Fadi al-Aawar was the one who voted for Rashid Karami during Wednesday's presidential vote.

Change and Reform bloc MP Nabil Nicola to al-Jadeed: We cannot forget the children of the martyr Dany Chamoun. I respect the age of Mr. Dori Chamoun and some people in this age group might need to "consult a doctor."

Sources close to Berri to MTV: We reject the hypothesis that Wednesday's session was a mere "rehearsal" and the number of ballots cast in the box are enough to secure holding another session.

MTV: MP Henri Helou will launch talks aimed at rallying the biggest support for him.

Kataeb chief Gemayel to MTV: The quorum must be secured and we must not make light of the presidential vote. The Bkirki meeting stressed that a strong president must be elected and it must not be dishonored.

Change and Reform bloc MP Abi Ramia to LBCI: We need to sit together to reach a consensual president.

Mustaqbal MP Jean Oghassabian to LBCI: Until the moment, our choice is Dr. Samir Geagea and I don't know what might come up.

Labor Minister Qazzi to LBCI: Ex-president Gemayel has the ability to garner non-March 14 votes and if March 14 wants to win, it must mull his candidacy in a realistic manner.

MP Ahmed Fatfat to MTV: It is very regrettable that the General (Aoun) is covering up for Hizbullah in the attempt to eliminate the institution of the presidency.

MP Alain Aoun to Future TV: Contacts with al-Mustaqbal movement have not been severed and they will intensify in the coming days.

STL: Karma al-Khayat from al-Jadeed TV and Ibrahim al-Amin from al-Akhbar newspaper have been summoned to appear before the STL on charges of Contempt and Obstruction of Justice.

VDL (93.3): Strict security measures are underway at Tripoli's entrances after checkpoints were erected.

VDL (93.3): Israeli forces deployed several military vehicles opposite the army's Adaisseh checkpoint to conceal repair works that are being conducted on the electronic fence.

LBCI: The Lebanese Army arrested 10 Syrian gunmen who were trying to infiltrate into Arsal and fake IDs were found in their possession.

MP Robert Ghanem after meeting Marada chief Franjieh: I stress that I'm a candidate of accord, not of consensus, and I will carry on with this nomination.

Lavrov: We will have relations with any new Lebanese president elected by the parliament.

Lavrov: Lebanon is a complicated country and the constitution should be respected by everyone.

State security arrested a man in the Bekaa wanted for committing theft, opening fire and for drug abuse and trade.

Bassil: We welcome Russia to participate in oil and gas exploration.

Bassil: Syrian refugees should return to their country in safe conditions.

Bassil: The Lebanese army and the state took a decision to confront terrorism.

Bassil: Russia could play an important role in maintaining stability in Lebanon and the region.

Lavrov: We will help Lebanon overcome its economic and social crises that increased because of the Syrian refugees on its territories.

Lavrov: We will support the LAF that are working on reinforcing stability in Tripoli and the Bekaa.

Russian FM Lavrov during a joint press conference with visiting FM Jebran Bassil: We reiterated our stance regarding Lebanon's unity and sovereignty.

VDL (100.5): Army Chief Jean Qahwaji inspected military units deployed in the northern city of Tripoli.

Derek Plumbly stressed from the Grand Serail the importance of carrying out the presidential elections within the constitutional timeframe to maintain stability in Lebanon.

The State security bureau handed over to the anti-drug bureau Mohammed M., who was detained in Akkar for the possession of one kilogram of Hashish.

Judge Saqr charged two leaders of armed men and 53 others for belonging to a terrorist network in Bab al-Tabbaneh.

MTV: Financial prosecutor Judge Ali Ibrahim charged an engineer (H.G.) at the Beirut Municipality with bribery and embezzlement of public funds. He referred the case to the First Investigating judge in Beirut Ghassan Owaidat.

Judge Sawan issued warrants against two ISIL members for carrying out terrorist attacks.

A meeting is underway between PM Tammam Salam and U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly.

Al-Rahi: I hope the same scenario would not be repeated next week.

Al-Rahi: Berri will continue to call for sessions until we elect a president.

Al-Rahi: I hoped Wednesday's session would continue to hold a second round.

Al-Rahi from Beirut Airport: We don't call the head of state a consensual president.

The LF bloc thanked MPs for placing their trust in Geagea, saying it was an essential motive for him to stay in the battle for the presidency.

Al-Rahi: The MPs have a duty to attend the parliamentary sessions because they have been elected by the people.

Al-Rahi: We should not insult each other every time there is a political event. Lebanon is based on partnership.

Al-Rahi: The strength of the next president lies in being acceptable by all sides.

Al-Rahi hoped there would be quorum next week and every session to enjoy quorum as well so that MPs meet and elect responsibly.

Al-Rahi after meeting Berri: It was necessary for me to meet with the speaker before heading to Rome. We have always been in contact.

Al-Rahi: Some people found the election session negative and others positive. I thanked Berri for calling for the session and for the second round next week.

ISF detained 75 people for committing various crimes throughout Lebanese territories.

VDL (100.5): Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi visited Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain el-Tineh.

Al-Manar: Israeli warplanes overflew southern Lebanon at medium altitude.

Future TV: Reports that the army is defusing a bomb found on the road between the port and Abou Ali roundabout in Tripoli.

NNA: The army blocked the Zahriyeh highway after a bomb exploded near the Suwaiqa police station.

VDL (100.5): A meeting is underway between PM Tammam Salam and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.

MP Farid al-Khazen to VDL (93.3): The MP has the right to cast a blank vote. We hope there wouldn't be vacuum.

VDL (100.5): Police detained mediators who negotiate deals between the owners of stolen cars and the thieves.

VDL (100.5): One person was injured in a shooting on Riyaq-Baalbek highway.

MP Ammar Houri to VDL (100.5): Yesterday's events were a step in the right direction.

MP Salim Salhab to VDL (100.5): FPM chief Aoun will not run for presidency if there was no consensus on him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 














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