President Michel Sleiman refused Wednesday to sign a controversial new rent bill into law, arguing that it was unfair, prompting a brief protest by a group of landlords. Sleiman has said he will not sign any unjust law or one that does not further social justice. The president’s signature is necessary for the law, which was recently endorsed by Parliament, to go into effect. Longtime tenants have been holding protests urging Sleiman not to sign the rent law. In turn, landlords have held several counterdemonstrations, urging the president to sign it. [Link]