Minister Elias Bou Saab speaks during a press conference at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, July 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The Cabinet failed Thursday to approve key appointments at the Lebanese University due to differences among ministers and rival parties, resolving to resume discussion of the issue next week.Ministers allied with MP Walid Jumblatt and the Kataeb Party as well as Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon opposed Bou Saab's agreement with the March 14 coalition, prompting the Cabinet to postpone debate on the issue to the next session, the sources said.Following the session, Bou Saab met with the protesters who were angered by the ministers' failure to act.Bou Saab said that of the 4,000 contract professors, the university can only hire about 400 full time.Joreige said the Cabinet also discussed the issue of the presence of more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
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