Scattered rain over some areas in Qatar; MET predicts more rain today and tomorrow

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15 Aug 2017 – 12:10

Scattered rain over some areas in Qatar; MET predicts more rain today and tomorrow

Raining in Hilal. (photo: Baher Amin)

By The Peninsula Online

Doha: Light rain has been reported from some parts of Qatar in the morning. Drizzling has been reported by our reporters and photographers from Al Thumama, Old Airport and Hilal.

According to the Qatar Meteorology Department, clear to occasionally partly cloudy skies are expected to continue today and tomorrow with a chance of scattered light rain over some areas.

“Satellite images and weather charts show widespread cloud cover over Central Arabian Peninsula due to the passage of Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) over the region. ITCZ is a convergence line between northwesterly wind and easterly moist wind that cause rising currents of air leading to formations of convective rainy clouds,” weather bureau said.

In addition to the passage of ITCZ over the region, the weather balloon launched from Hamad AirPort this dawn indicate the presence of relative cold advection in the upper levels of the atmosphere which helped the formation of thundery clouds with scattered light to moderate rain.

“It’s worth mentionaing that climate records show that rains have been observed over some areas of the country during August in the past,” MET said in a statement.

 

Source  :  The Peninsula

Southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road open to traffic

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15 Aug 2017 – 14:30

Southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road open to traffic

Vehicles plying on the newly opened southern part of Doha Express Highway (Photo: Baher Amin)

The Peninsula

Doha: The southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road is now open to traffic. The southern part of Doha Express Highway will relieve the pressure on Al Wakra Main Road by reducing traffic congestion in the area by providing a highway with five lanes in each direction, connecting the south and north of the city.

The Public Works Authority (Ashghal) announced the opening during a ceremony that was attended by H E Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, H E Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Rumaihi, Minister of Municipality and Environment, and Dr Saad bin Ahmad Al Muhannadi, President of Ashghal.

These projects fall under the expressway projects that were opened recently to traffic and form vital parts of the expressway network to serve all areas in the country, including projects that serve the southern areas such as Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf.

The southern part of Doha Express Highway includes the main carriageway in both directions with a total length of 11 km, in addition to parts of the five interchanges included in the project such as access and exit ramps to enable road users from accessing and exiting the new road and surrounding areas, which will provide direct access from the southern areas of the country to the northern areas and vice versa.

The southern part of Doha Express Highway will relieve the pressure on Al Wakra Main Road by reducing traffic congestion in the area by providing a highway with five lanes in each direction, connecting the south and north of the city.

All four lanes in both direction of Hamad Port Road is open to traffic. The road is 14 km long and it connects Hamad Port with G-Ring Road.

 

Ministers and other officials at the opening ceremony. (photo: Baher Amin)

 

Southern part of Doha Express Highway:

The highway is 11 km long, and it connects G-Ring Road with Mesaieed Road. It will ease access to Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf areas, and it is considered an alternative route for Al Wakra Main Road through its connection with Mesaieed Road and G-Ring Road.

Doha Express Highway includes five multi-level interchanges that will be completed in the next few months. The project also comprises 42 km of pedestrian and cycle paths.

The five multi-level interchanges include:

Al Mashaf Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to G-Ring Road in the south and residential areas in Al Mashaf west.

Al Wukair Interchange: a two-level interchange that provides direct access to Al Wukair Road and residential areas to the east and west of the interchange.

Waab Buhair 2 Interchanges: both are two-level interchanges, one of them eases access to some residential areas to the east of the interchange, and the other is connected to Mesaieed Road and provides direct access to Hamad Port.

Hamad Port Road

A 14 km long road that connects Hamad Port and G-Ring Road, and includes four lanes in each direction, easing the movement of trucks between Hamad Port and Industrial Area, enhancing the movement of goods between the port and all areas of the country, especially that the road is considered a corridor that reduces journey times, instead of the main Orbital Highway. Hamad Port Road is expected to reduce travel time by more than 15% especially that the road capacity is 8000 vehicles per hour in each direction.

The new road extends from Umm Al Hawl Interchange on Mesaieed Road to G-Ring Road that connects with the East Industrial Street through the tunnel at East Street 33 Interchange. This interchange was formerly known as Al Watan Roundabout, which was opened recently to form a free flowing road between Hamad Port and Hamad International Airport until Salwa Road.

Al Sulaiti expressed his happiness with the successive achievements by Ashghal and said: “opening the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road is a great addition to the land transportation in Qatar, and it will contribute in enhancing traffic movement between Al Wakra and Doha, and between Mesaieed, Hamad Port and Industrial Area, and connect south of the country with the north.”

Al Rumaihi expressed his happiness with the opening of important and vital parts of the expressway, which we witness their opening consecutively recently, which shows Ashghal’s commitment to complete projects on time.

Al Muhannadi said: The opening of the southern part of Doha Express Highway and Hamad Port Road in both directions will change traffic flow in the southern areas through providing alternative options to Al Wakra Main Road, which results in easing travel for residents of Al Wakra, Al Wukair and Al Mashaf, this is in addition to the association of these roads with traveling to and from Hamad International Airport, Industrial Area and others.”

Ashghal is currently implementing three interchanges as part of the new road works that will provide free flowing traffic, which upon completion will enhance the connectivity of the new expressway with local areas and surrounding expressways.

It is worth mentioning that Ashghal has opened recently big parts of projects that connect the southern areas with the northern ones, especially those connected to Hamad Port, to ease goods movement. The latest of these openings was in July 2017 when it opened the 125 km long first phase of the Orbital Highway and Truck Route.

 

Source  :  The Peninsula

Fighters, refugees leave Lebanon enclave for Syria

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Fighters, refugees leave Lebanon enclave for Syria

(Reuters) The evacuation of a group of Syrian rebels and refugees from a border enclave in Lebanon back into Syrian territory started on Monday, Hezbollah-affiliated al-Manar TV reported.

About 300 rebels from a group called Saraya Ahl al-Sham as well as about 3,000 refugees are to leave Lebanon under a deal that followed an assault by the Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah on insurgent positions last month.

A convoy of 40 buses had left for the Syrian border, al-Manar said.

Their departure will leave an Islamic State enclave as the last militant stronghold straddling the border near the Lebanese town of Arsal, which is home to tens of thousands of refugees.

The transfer, and another one early this month of Nusra Front fighters and refugees, echoes deals struck within Syria in which Damascus has shuttled rebels and civilians to opposition areas.

On Friday, the Lebanese security official overseeing the arrangements, General Abbas Ibrahim, said a group of civilians would go to Assal al-Ward, an area just across the border from Arsal and held by the Syrian government.

The fighters and their families will go to another part of Syria which he did not identify. A military media unit run by Hezbollah last week said they would go to the rebel-held town of al-Ruhaiba in the Eastern Qalamoun region.

Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shi’ite group that has played a big battlefield role in Syria’s civil war on the side of President Bashar al-Assad.

Last month it defeated rebels in the insurgent enclaves near the border in Lebanon and forced the hardline Islamist Nusra Front group to leave. About 7,000 refugees departed with them for a rebel-held part of northwest Syria.

The Lebanese army is expected soon to assault the Islamic State pocket in the same area.

That would end a period of several years in which armed groups from inside Syria held positions in the hills around Arsal, the most serious spillover of the s civil war into Lebanon.

More than 1 million Syrian refugees are sheltering in Lebanon, about a quarter of its total population. Hezbollah has stepped up calls for the Lebanese government to engage directly with Damascus over the return of refugees to Syria.

Syria’s opposition has criticized previous evacuations of civilians under ceasefire deals as amounting to the forced transfer of populations, something Damascus denies.

The growing number of evacuation deals for fighters and civilians from besieged rebel areas inside Syria over the past year has helped Assad solidify his hold in several parts of the country.

Lebanon’s General Security, the government agency that negotiated Monday’s transfer, said all the civilians returning were doing so voluntarily.

 

Source  :  Syria News

Syrian army comes closer to encircling Islamic State in central Syria desert

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Syrian army comes closer to encircling Islamic State in central Syria desert

(Reuters) The Syrian army and its allies advanced in the central Syrian desert on Monday and could soon encircle an Islamic State pocket, part of a multi-pronged thrust into eastern areas held by the jihadist group.

A Syrian military source said the Syrian army and its allies had taken a number of villages around the town of al-Koum in northeastern Homs province.

This leaves a gap held by Islamic State of around only 25 km (15 miles) between al-Koum and the town of al-Sukhna to its south, which was taken by the Syrian government on Saturday.

If the army, supported by Russian air power and Iran-backed militias, closes this gap they will encircle Islamic State fighters to their west in an area of land around 8,000 km square, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The Russian Defence Ministry said on Monday that it had contributed to this advance by advising on an airborne landing of pro-government troops north of al-Koum on Saturday.

The operation allowed them to take the al-Qadeer area from Islamic State militants before proceeding to al-Koum, Russia’s TASS news agency reported.

Islamic State has lost swathes of Syrian territory to separate campaigns being waged by Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran, and by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic (SDF) Forces, which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia. The SDF is currently focused on capturing Raqqa city from Islamic State.

Syrian government forces advancing from the west have recently crossed into Deir al-Zor province from southern areas of Raqqa province.

Islamic State controls nearly all of Deir al-Zor province, which is bordered to the east by Iraq. The Syrian government still controls a pocket of territory in Deir al-Zor city, and a nearby military base.

 

Source  :  Syria News

4 IS Blasts hit SDF locations in Syrian Raqqa

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4 IS Blasts hit SDF locations in Syrian Raqqa

Raqqa (Syria News) The Islamic State group detonated, yesterday, four booby-trapped vehicles in locations belonging to the Syrian Democratic Forces, in the city of Raqqa, Qasioun News reported on Tuesday.

The self-proclaimed Islamic State group detonated four booby-trapped vehicles in the neighborhoods of al-Romaneya, Hisham Ibn Abdelmalek and the outskirts of al-Mashlab, leaving several casualties among the ranks of the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Meanwhile, clashes broke out between the two parties on the outskirts of the old neighborhoods in the city, amid mutual artillery and rocket shelling, allowing the Syrian Democratic Forces to recapture several buildings and military headquarters.

It is noteworthy that the SDF managed recently to recapture 50% of the city of Raqqa, backed by the international coalition aerial coverage.

 

Source  :  Syria News

AGMK to direct US$420m to development of Yoshlik II deposit

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AGMK to direct US$420m to development of Yoshlik II deposit

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Almalyk Mining and Metallurgy Combine (AGMK) will invest US$420 million to implement an investment project “Development of the Yoshlik II field”.

On 15 August 2017, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On additional measures for further development of Almalyk Mining and Metallurgy Combine”.

Uzbek President agreed with the proposal on implementation of the investment project “Development of the Yoshlik II field” with a total provisional value equivalent to US$420.0 million.

The resolution said that the field will be developed on underground method. It is expected that about 2 million tonnes of ores will be mined a year. The deposit will reach its designed capacity in 2023.

Within the framework of the investment project, motor roads, 35/6 kV double-circuit transmission lines, substations, loading and unloading trestles, a compressor station and other engineering infrastructure facilities will be built.

The project will be financed due to own funds of AGMK, including funds from special investment accounts, loans from the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (FRDU), Ipoteka Bank and Asaka Bank.

According to the resolution of the President, the FRDU will allocate at least US$350 million to finance the project. The loan will be granted for a period of 15 years, including a grace period of 6 years, with an interest rate of 2.0 percent per annum, including the margin of the refinancing bank – Ipoteka Bank at the rate of 0.25 percent per annum.

The loan will be used to finance contracts with foreign and domestic suppliers for purchase of mining and transportation equipment, machinery, vehicles, components, spare parts and materials, attracting specialized foreign companies for construction, installation, mining and capital design works.

Credits of Ipoteka Bank and Asaka Bank in national currency are issued for 10 years with a four-year grace period at the refinancing rate of the Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The bank loans will be used to finance contracts for the purchase of mining and transport equipment, machinery, vehicles, components, spare parts and materials produced in the country, as well as construction and installation works performed by domestic contractors.

Uzbek President granted tax and customs privileges for the participants of this project.

Last week the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev launched a project on development of the Yoshlik I field (formerly Dalneye). The project will be implemented in 2017-2028 in two stages.

The first stage will be implemented in 2017-2021 and envisages development of the “Central” mine of the Yoshlik I deposit. In the first stage, stripping and mining and capital works will be carried out. An infrastructure will also be created.

The second stage will be implemented in 2019-2028. The project envisages construction of a complex of processing, smelting, associated and auxiliary facilities with a processing capacity of 23 million tonnes of ore a year with continuation of overburden and mining operations.

 

Source  :  UzDaily

Delegation of Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry holds talks in Astana

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Delegation of Uzbekistan’s Foreign Ministry holds talks in Astana

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — A delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan headed by Deputy Minister Saidikram Niyazkhodjaev, held talks in Astana (Kazakhstan) on 15 August 2017.

According to the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, the Uzbek delegation held meetings with Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Galymjan Koishybaev and Foreign Ministry Executive Secretary Anarbek Karashev.

The sides discussed topical issues related to the construction of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in line with the order of the leadership of Uzbekistan in Astana, as well as opening of the Consulate General in the current building of the diplomatic mission in Almaty.

This topic was also discussed at the talks at the Committee for Construction and Housing and Communal Services of the Ministry of Investment and Development, Committee for Migration of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan and Akimat of Astana.

The Uzbek delegation also visited the international specialized EXPO-2017 exhibition in the capital of Kazakhstan and got acquainted with the exposition of Uzbekistan.

 

Source  :  UzDaily

CBU issues 50,000-soums banknote into circulation

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CBU issues 50,000-soums banknote into circulation

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) — Central Bank of Uzbekistan will introduce 50,000-soum banknotes into circulation, the regulator said in a statement.

The bank said that it will introduce new 50,000-soums banknote into circulation from 22 August 2017.

The regulator said that new banknote will have size of 144 to 78 mm and printed on protected paper.

The Central Bank said the banknote will have watermark in form of Uzbekistan’s emblem and number “50,000” in right side on white field.

On the left side of the white field, there is a security threat with a 3D effect.

CBU issues 50,000-soums banknote into circulation

The front side of the banknote includes text “O’ZBEKISTON RESPUBLIKASI MARKAZIY BANKI” (The Central Bank of the Republic of Uzbekistan”.

In the left side of the background of the ornamental elements, there is the Emblem of Uzbekistan.

The front side of the banknote has emblem of Uzbekistan and serial number of the banknote, which includes two letters and seven digits.

The text “SO’M” is written over the number “50000” in the left bottom side of banknote and over the number, there is text “ELLIK MING” (Fifty thousand).

In the center of the front side of the banknote, the storks raising above the arch “Ezgulik”, located on the Mustakillik square, are depicted.

CBU issues 50,000-soums banknote into circulation

In the lower part of the banknote, there is a face value of 50,000, which can be felt with touch and changes color from bronze to green depending on the viewing angle.

Watermarks are on the reverse side in the left part on the white field. In the upper part of the coupon field there is an image of the arch, complementing each other with the image of the front side of the banknote when viewed on the lumen.

In the center of the banknote, there is the architectural building “ANJUMANLAR SAROYI”.

In the upper left corner of the picture there are inscriptions “50000” and “SO‘M” crossing over each other, over which the denomination of the banknote “ELLIK MING” is indicated in words.

And also, the denomination of the banknote in the form of “50000” is indicated in the upper right and lower left coals.

The lower part of the banknote has text “O’ZBEKISTON SO’MINI QALBAKILASHTIRISH QONUNGA MUVOFIQ TAQIB QILINADI” (Forgery of Uzbekistan’s soums is punished in line with the legislation).

The Central Bank said that new banknote should be accepted by all businesses and population without any limit on its face value.

 

Source  :  UzDaily

[Newsmaker] Korean retailers stop egg sales after fipronil found in some eggs

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Major Korean retailers, convenience store chains and online retailers decided Tuesday to immediately halt sales of eggs at their branches nationwide after the government warned of pesticide-tainted eggs earlier in the day.

It is unprecedented for all of the country’s major retailers to stop selling eggs simultaneously.

The companies include the nation’s three largest retail firms, E-mart, Homeplus and Lotte Mart, as well as leading convenience store chains CU, GS25 and 7-Eleven.

(Yonhap)

E-mart’s spokesperson said, “The company has not purchased any eggs from the farm that is currently accused of shipping contaminated eggs, but decided to stop sales as a preventive measure.”

Later in the day, Nonghyup’s Hanaro Mart, which operates 2,120 branches nationwide, also decided to halt all sales of eggs. Internet shopping sites including Coupang and Wemakeprice suspended sales of fresh and boiled eggs as well as food items with eggs, such as cookies.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs found that a farm located in Namyangju, Gyeonggi Province, had delivered eggs contaminated with fipronil. The farm reportedly produced 25,000 eggs per day.

Fipronil is a broad-spectrum insecticide used to treat lice, fleas and ticks. Ingestion of small doses has few effects and requires little medical treatment, but it can cause liver, kidney and thyroid gland damage if taken in large amounts over time, according to the World Health Organization. The same pesticide has been found in eggs in 17 European countries.

The owners of the farm reportedly said in the inspection that they had used the substance upon hearing of its effectiveness in killing ticks and that they were not aware it was fipronil.

Another egg farm in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, was also found to have used above-recommended amounts of bfenthrin, an insecticide used against the red imported fire ant.

The owner of the farm reportedly said that they had used the insecticide to shoo away flies.

Amid the public’s growing concerns over possible contamination of eggs, the government released a sequence of measures throughout the day.

The Food Ministry immediately banned all shipments of eggs from local egg farms with at least 3,000 chickens. It also started to conduct inspections of local egg farms across the country.

“The ministry will put its utmost efforts to first finish inspections of the largest farms with over 200,000 hens in order to cope with the supply problem,” Kim said.

“Starting Wednesday, local farms will be able to resume supplying 25 percent of the normal supply level,” he added.

A ministry official said the nationwide inspections are expected to be completed by the end of the week. “Starting with the largest egg farms, the ministry will inspect every local egg farm in the nation.”

The Food Ministry will lift the shipment ban for farms that have no fipronil detected in their eggs upon inspection in order to cope with the supply problem.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety is set to track the distribution channels of the contaminated eggs that the farm in Namyangju shipped out. It plans to recall and discard all such eggs upon locating them.

The egg industry enduring yet another crisis, following the spread of bird flu last winter and the mass perish of chickens from a recent heat wave.

Other related industries such as bakeries and restaurants are expected to be dealt a blow as well. Egg prices are expected to soar as the supply remains unstable.

The government, meanwhile, has decided to hold preventive education sessions on insecticides for egg farms.

The Korea Poultry Association has put up on its website a schedule for sessions to be held in the Gyeonggi, Chungcheong, Gyeongsang and Jeolla provinces from Aug. 22.

By Shim Woo-hyun (ws@heraldcorp.com)

 

Source  :  The Korea Herald

[News Focus] Is Samsung really doomed without its heir?

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With the sentencing of Samsung’s heir apparent Lee Jae-yong slated for next week, there have been growing speculations over whether the tech giant will change its previous strategy on consolidating his leadership.

There is general consensus among Samsung insiders as well as chaebol reformists that the conglomerate will not give up on Lee and will try to put his succession back on track. But they differ on the question of whether Samsung does not have a future without him.

(Yonhap)

Samsung has no “contingency plan” even if the worst scenario happens to Lee, a Samsung Electronics executive was quoted as saying by Yonhap News Agency on Monday, indicating that Lee’s position is irreplaceable.

The prosecution has requested 12 years in jail for the Samsung Electronics vice chairman on charges of bribery, perjury and flight of capital. The best case for the 49-year-old billionaire will be for the court to find him innocent on all charges, or at least not guilty on the accusation of bribery.

The bribery charges against Lee, based on the circumstantial evidence of his secret meetings with former President Park Geun-hye, is at the center of the trial, which could put him in jail for six to seven years.

The court’s decision is also a prelude to the fate of the ousted president, who is charged with pressuring the tycoons of Korean conglomerates in exchange for favors given to her longtime friend Choi Soon-sil.

Even if the worst happens, it is unlikely that Samsung Electronics’ leadership structure will collapse, as the tech giant has three CEOs that each control its semiconductors, consumer electronics and mobile businesses.

Along with Lee, the three CEOs are also registered members of the boardroom. The company also has 13 presidents managing its daily operations.

Despite its heir apparent facing the most humiliating trial in Samsung history, the crown jewel of the conglomerate, Samsung Electronics, was set to become the most profitable company in the world in the second quarter, beating Apple for the first time. The share price of Samsung Electronics has surged 32 percent this year.

“Samsung is not a one-man company but a global firm managed by CEOs who are real experts in their respective fields,” a Samsung official said.

What Samsung fears is the uncertainty Lee’s absence would cause in the long term.

Since the late 1980s, Samsung has been under the leadership of Lee’s father, Lee Kun-hee, who spearheaded Samsung Electronics along with other affiliates ranging from finance to biopharmaceuticals. The chairman’s son has been expected to carry on.

“I think he has played an important role, such as by seeking a big picture for Samsung by building global networks with entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, something that other CEOs tied up with daily operations can’t do,” the Samsung official said. He denied rumors that Samsung’s merger and acquisition plans are on hold because Lee is in jail.

The heir apparent had been ready to test his management skills and prove to the world that he is the legitimate leader and face of Samsung, the official added, but Lee did not get the chance to do so — as he had mentioned in his plea during a hearing.

Meanwhile, chaebol reform activists, such as Park Sang-in, a professor at Seoul National University’s Graduate School of Public Administration, contend that Samsung’s assertions regarding Lee being a prepared leader and the future of Samsung contradict its logic at court.

Lee denied all of the charges against him and said that he was not aware of any decision to support Choi Soon-sil’s daughter. Choi Gee-sung, former head of Samsung’s now defunct Corporate Strategy Office, also testified that he had not told Lee about the decision he had made, supporting Lee’s claim of innocence.

“Samsung calling Lee an irreplaceable leader for the company, but claiming that he was not aware of its decision (made under the request of ex-President Park) at the courtroom is very contradictory and an outdated method to protect the heir,” said Park, the author of “How South Korea Can Survive a Samsung Electronics Collapse” (2016), a comparative analysis of Samsung and the Korean economy with cases of Nokia and others.

Rather, “the trial of the century” is expected to change public perception toward chaebol. Despite their contributions to the South Korean economy in the past, chaebol’s hereditary succession of power will no longer be blindly accepted by people here, he said.

“People will start to question whether it is right to condone chaebol’s hereditary succession which has been taking place through abnormal processes by evading tax and regulations. If Lee gets a hefty sentence, I believe that it would signal the end of chaebol’s transfer of power between generations.”

Rumors that Lee’s sister Lee Boo-jin might fill in for her brother still remains unlikely, as she has no “allies” within Samsung Electronics and does not have enough power or shares to control the tech giant. However, Lee’s vacancy is likely to prompt an ugly feud among siblings and their mother’s family, Park said.

“A dramatic family feud will occur, further complicating Lee’s succession, as the children of the chairman is to get equal shares, while their mother gets more,” he said.

Hong, the mother of Lee Jae-yong, holds 0.77 percent of Samsung Electronics shares. But according to civil law, Hong is entitled to inherit her spouse’s assets, which includes a 3.54 percent stake in Samsung Electronics and a 20 percent stake in Samsung Insurance — 50 percent more than her three children.

Lee Jae-yong holds 0.58 percent, while his sisters have none.

Their father, Lee Kun-hee has been hospitalized since 2014 after suffering a severe heart attack. The tycoon has been receiving treatment at Samsung Medical Center in southern Seoul.

The chairman has disappeared from the public eye since then. He stepped down from his post as the member of International Olympic Committee last week.

By Cho Chung-un (christory@heraldcorp.com)

 

Source  :  The Korea Herald