President Michel Sleiman called Saturday for an inclusive government that can garner the widest political support and stressed the need for a return to the Baabda Declaration which aims to distance Lebanon from the crisis in Syria.
Lebanon will mark Army Day Thursday by holding a major ceremony at the Military Academy in Fayyadieh. Also, demonstrators will gather in the afternoon at Martyrs’ Square in Downtown Beirut, in support of the Army.
Caretaker Finance Minister Mohammad Safadi denied Wednesday reports that he had sounded the alarm over a lack of liquidity at the Treasury. “A newspaper quoted Safadi in its headline as saying ‘state finances are at risk.’ This is completely false and [Safadi] has never made such a statement,” Safadi’s office said in a statement. “The Treasury is in a sound situation.”
Defense lawyers for the men accused of carrying out the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri said they would not be ready for trial in early December, raising the prospect that the start of proceedings could slip into next year.