New ministers wait for their cars at the entrance to Baabda Palace.
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Information Minister Ramzi Joreige is the first to show up, soon followed by other ministers.As the start of the session neared, more ministers showed up. Arriving together in one car were Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian, all loyal to Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun. Minister of the Displaced Alice Shabtini, the only woman in the Cabinet, arrived five minutes late. Some rival ministers sat beside each other, such as Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hasan, from Hezbollah and De Freij, while Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, from the Future bloc, sat near Fneish.During the meeting, which lasted for over an hour, ministers formed a ministerial committee headed by Salam to draft the Cabinet's policy statement within 30 days.
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