Category Archives: Lebanon

Kataeb Party Elections

New Blood for Kataeb In Beirut earlier this week, the Kataeb Party (also known as the Phalange Party) elected 16 new members to its top office, five to the honorary board and four to the treasury. This came after a three day conference where there were also votes on various amendments of its bylaws. Ballots… Continue Reading

Israel and Lebanon File Protests at UN Over Border Confrontation

Diplomats representing Lebanon and Israel at the United Nations formally submitted protests concerning the violent border clashes that took place between Israel, Lebanon and Syria on May 15, Nakba Day, this past Sunday. Nakba is Day of Catastrophe May 15th is the day the Arab world calls Nakba, the Arabic word for ‘catastrophe.’ The day… Continue Reading

Hezbollah Candidate Wins Backing for PM

68 members of Lebanon’s 128-seat parliament chose Najib Mikati as a replacement for acting Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Mr. Mikati has already served as prime minister of Lebanon in 2005.  The change is significant as it cements Hezbollah’s rise to leadership of the small fragmented country. In a show of defiance and rage at what… Continue Reading

The Lebanese Government’s Fall Will Affect Investors

The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) predicted that Lebanese economic growth will slow to approximately 5 percent in 2011. This is a drop from the average growth rate of 8 percent last year. RBS said that the tourism, financial services, construction and housing sectors have been the growth leaders. However, due to political developments the… Continue Reading

Lebanese Banks get Bad Credit Rating Due To Government Collapse

Last Week, the Lebanese government fell after 11 ministers with Hezbollah leanings, resigned. Lebanon’s banks receive negative credit since Lebanon’s economic forecast for 2011 will fall with the Hariri government’s fall. Whether or not violence erupts, the joint factors of less economic growth together with market uncertainties would negatively affect Lebanese banks. Lebanese banks would… Continue Reading

Ziad Hayek , Secretary General Of The Higher Council For Privatization, Regarding Lebanon Privatization

Lebanon is currently putting in major efforts to privatize the telecom and electricity industries. There are two projects in the telecom industry which are headed for privatization. The first is to privatize the mobile networks. The second is to incorporate a company to serve as a provider of fixed line and broadband services. There are… Continue Reading

International Efforts To Solve Lebanon Crisis

Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’d Al-Hariri yesterday arrived in Saudi Arabia for an unplanned visit after his visit to France. Then he will probably fly to the U.S. where he will hold meetings and visit Saudi King Abdallah who is there for medical treatment. French Foreign Minister Michelle Alliot-Marie is expected to visit Lebanon. Members of… Continue Reading

Sa’d Al-Hariri Doesn’t Blame Hizbullah For Father’s Death

Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’d Ah-Hariri told IRNA (the Iranian News Agency) as he was set to leave for talks with Iran that he did not blame Hizbullah for his father’s death, and expressed his hope that Lebanon’s relations with Iran would be based on mutual respect for each country’s sovereignty, and on their shared economic,… Continue Reading