Prime Minister Tammam Salam kisses Secretary General of the Council of Ministers Suheil Bouji upon his arrival at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Preparations were underway at Beirut's Grand Serail Monday as Lebanon's new Prime Minister Tammam Salam made the transition to replace his predecessor after a new Cabinet was formed over the weekend.Unlike at ministries, there is no official handover ceremony between prime ministers. So when Salam arrived at the Grand Serail at 9 a.m. Monday, former Prime Minister Najib Mikati was nowhere to be seen, and neither were his staff. Salam, who was accompanied by his adviser Hisham Jaroudi and a number of escorts, was instead greeted by Cabinet Secretary-General Souheil Bouji and other Serail employees. Ramez Dimashkieh will become director of Salam's office, and will also be working with a number of other advisers.The new premier did not partake in any official activities Monday afternoon.
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