LATEST Lebanese News

Date:  29 - 30 May 2016


Al-Mustaqbal Movement chief MP Saad Hariri: I congratulate the winners in the elections in the North especially in Tripoli. We reiterate respect for the democratic will of the people of the city.

VDL (93.3): Prime Minister Tammam Salam holds a meeting with Health Minister Wael Abou Faour.

TMC: A man was critically injured when a vehicle hit him on the al-Jomhour highway.

ISF arrested 48 individuals for committing various crimes throughout Lebanon.

FPM chief Bassil to al-Jadeed: We have eliminated ourselves in Zgharta for the sake of Suleiman Franjieh and we weren't expecting to reach such a phase.

Al-Jadeed: Gunmen have encircled a polling station in Akkar's Minyara and security forces prevented the representatives of candidates from leaving the station as gunshots were heard outside.

MTV: Nicolas Raad was wounded in the leg by celebratory gunshots in the Zgharta town of Ardeh.

MTV: The list backed by the FPM and the LF is in the lead in Qoubaiyat, after more than 60% of ballot boxes were counted.

Minister Harb to al-Jadeed: We expect to win by a landslide in Tannourine.

Al-Jadeed: The LF-backed list is leading by around 500 votes in Bsharri after ballots from 11 out of 29 polling stations were counted.

Reports: Giscard Saad was wounded in the town of Ardeh by celebratory gunshots fired from Zgharta's Alma.

Al-Jadeed: The list backed by Minister Harb is leading by a large number of votes in Tannourine, according to early results.

VDL (100.5): The Tripoli list backed by Miqati, Hariri, Safadi and Karami is leading by a large number of votes according to early results.

Minister Rifi to al-Jadeed: The results are positive according to early indications and we are leading by a landslide in all areas where we have supporters.

Minister Rifi to al-Jadeed: Rifaat Eid asked his supporters to vote in the final hours in order not to provoke our voters.

MTV: The list backed by the LF, the FPM and the families has won the elections in the Batroun town of Asia.

Interior Ministry: Voter turnout reached 45.3 percent in the municipal elections in the North and Akkar and no shootings or injuries were recorded.

MTV: The eight-member list backed by Hbeish, al-Daher and Kataeb has won the mayoral elections in Qoubaiyat.

Voter turnout was 26.9% in Tripoli, 43.8% in Koura, 54.4% in Batroun, 57.2% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 61.6% in Akkar, 36.6% in Bsharri and 36.68% in Zgharta.

LBCI: Supporters of Minister Butros Harb are optimistic that they will win the elections in Tannourine.

Polling stations are still open in some Tripoli areas due to the presence of voters within their premises.

Media reports: Supporters of the Arab Democratic Party were asked to head to polling stations en masse at 5:00 pm to vote in favor of Tripoli's political coalition list.

Polling stations have closed in the North and Akkar governorates.

National News Agency: Residents rescued a Syrian child whose father was trying to drown in the sea off Tripoli's el-Mina.

Voter turnout at 6:00 pm was 20% in Tripoli, 42.4% in Koura, 50.5% in Batroun, 54.1% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 47.9% in Akkar, 35.1% in Bsharri and 34% in Zgharta.

Voter turnout at 5:00 pm was 18.8% in Tripoli, 39.9% in Koura, 47.2% in Batroun, 48.5% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 43.2% in Akkar, 34% in Bsharri and 31.8% in Zgharta.

Interior Ministry: The electoral process was briefly suspended in the Zgharta town of Deir Ashash after a fistfight erupted inside a polling station.

MTV: A dispute erupted at a polling station between MP Hadi Hbeish and members of the Hakmeh family after they saw him giving ballots to several voters.

National News Agency: Polling has resumed in Akkar's Bourj al-Arab after the head of the polling station was replaced following an objection from the representatives of one of the lists.

LADE: A major security incident occurred in Deir Ashash in the Zgharta district and a state of chaos is engulfing the polling stations and the areas around them.

Voter turnout at 4:00 pm was 16.2% in Tripoli, 37.5% in Koura, 42% in Batroun, 43.2% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 38.3% in Akkar, 31.5% in Bsharri and 29.2% in Zgharta.

Ex-MP Mustafa Alloush to MTV: Rifi rejected the distribution of shares because he wanted the entire share for himself and this is his right, but launching false accusations against people will put his credibility at stake.

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections: The Justice and Equality list is buying votes for $50, LBP100,000 or mobile phone recharge cards at the Rafik Hariri High School in Bebnin.

MTV: Voter turnout at 3:00 pm was 14.3% in Tripoli, 34.3% in Koura, 36.5% in Batroun, 40.1% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 34.75% in Akkar, 28.6% in Bsharri and 27.5% in Zgharta, with an overall average of 30.9%.

Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections: A number of voters were seen casting their votes and then handing over their IDs to the representatives of the “Qoubaiyat Decides” list.

Al-Jadeed: Voter turnout at 2:00 pm was 11.8% in Tripoli, 30.6% in Koura, 34% in Batroun, 38.6% in Minieh-Dinniyeh, 30% in Akkar, 25.6% in Bsharri and 34.5% in Zgharta.

National News Agency: Two people were arrested in the town of Aitou on charges of paying electoral bribes.

Mashnouq to al-Jadeed: So far the final round of the municipal elections are excellent and the voter turnout is very high.

MP Sethrida Geagea after casting her vote in Bcharre: We need the votes of the locals to demonstrate that we are still pursuing the course we started 30 years ago.

Former PM Najib Miqati after casting his vote in Tripoli: Rifi is a part of the city and no one can eliminate him.

Mashnouq arrived at the residence of Mufti Shaar.

Rifi: This is the first time that I practice my right to vote after no longer being a member of the military.

Minister Ashraf Rifi cast his vote in the municipal polls in Tripoli.

TMC: Four people were wounded in a collision between a car an a passenger van on the Halba-Qoubaiyat main road.

Voter turnout by 10:00 a.m. reached 4.7 percent in Tripoli, 10.7 percent in al-Koura, 11.4 percent in al-Batroun, 12.7 percent in al-Minieh-Dinnieh, 10.8 percent in Akkar, 8 percent in Bcharre, and 11.4 percent in Zgharta.

Al-Jadeed: The elections have not gotten underway in the majority of Wadi Khaled towns because the heads of the polling stations did not arrive at their destinations.

MP Suleiman Franjieh after casting his vote in Zgharta: The parliamentary polls are political and the municipal ones have development goals.

Interior Ministry: We have so far received 210 complaints linked to the municipal polls.

Former Minister Faisal Karami after casting his vote in Tripoli: The staging of the elections in light of the regional developments reflects positively on Lebanon.

Minister Roni Araiji after casting his vote in Zgharta: The agreement between the Franjieh and Mouawwad families is aimed at easing political tensions.

MTV: Mashnouq arrived at the Tripoli Serail.

MTV: Voter turnout in Qoubaiyat reached 20 percent so far.

Hbeish: Our sole reservation over the other electoral list in Qoubaiyat is that it was formed from outside the town. A victory for our list will be a victory for residents of the town.

MP Hadi Hbeish after casting his vote in Qoubaiyat: I hope that voters will be motivated by municipal interests, not political ones.

FM Jebran Bassil after casting vote in Batroun: We hope that everyone will vote for the list we are backing.

Interior Ministry: Voter turnout in al-Minieh-Dinnieh reached 4.5 percent, 7.5 percent in Akkar, 4.9 percent in Bcharre, and 5 percent in Zgharta.

MP Mohammed Kabbara after casting his vote in Tripoli: There is no purpose for consensus in the city except in achieving growth.

Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq kicked off a tour of the North and Akkar to inspect the municipal elections process.

VDL (93.3): The voter turnout in Qoubaiyat reached 15 percent so far.





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