Contract professors protest outside the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The ministerial source spoke after Cabinet failed Thursday to resolve the thorny issues of the Lebanese University's contract professors and extra-budgetary spending.Speaking following a six-hour session chaired by Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige said the issue of employing LU's contract professors as full timers was discussed at length by the Cabinet, but it was decided to postpone it until next week's session amid lingering differences among ministers. Education Minister Elias Bou Saab said the discussion on appointing deans to LU's council was postponed to the next Cabinet session, delaying the decree that would provide contract professors with full-time employment.However, many ministers refused to finalize the professors' status without approving the appointment of new deans at the university, saying it was a package deal, while Bou Saab had called for dealing with one matter at a time.Bou Saab convinced the ministers to approve the professors' decree, but then a dispute erupted between ministers from the Kataeb Party and the Progressive Socialist Party over the appointment of the dean of the faculty of medicine.
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