File - From left, UCC head Hanna Gharib, Minister Elias Bou Saab and MP Ali Bazzi chat as they leave the Parliament in Beirut, Thursday, June 19, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The Cabinet meets Thursday amid signs that it will not be able to overcome some thorny issues, at the forefront of which is the employment of contract-based Lebanese University (LU) professors as full timers, political sources said Wednesday.The decree that would make LU's contract professors full-time employees was on the Cabinet's agenda last week but was postponed until Thursday in light of objections by ministers from the Kataeb Party and MP Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party. The issue of LU's contract professors is the first item on the Cabinet agenda. Education Minister Elias Bou Saab met Tuesday with Kataeb MP Sami Gemayel in a bid to overcome the Kataeb opposition to the decree on the LU's contract professors. Despite Bou Saab's efforts to convince all political parties represented in the Cabinet of his plan concerning the employment of LU's contract professors as full timers, he has not so far been successful with Jumblatt in this respect, the sources said.
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