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Salam won’t call Cabinet without resolutions: sources

Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a Cabinet meeting at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam will not call for a Cabinet session this week, unless various components of his government agree to solve their differences, sources close to the premier told The Daily Star Sunday.

The sources said Salam will only call for a session if agreement was reached over an array of pending issues -- including extra-budgetary spending, the appointment of deans to the Lebanese University’s council and the salaries of civil servants.

Last week’s session fell short on resolving the array of pending issues.

The sources said Salam was convinced that some components of his government sought to impede the work and productivity of the Cabinet. “Tensions reached their peak last week and Prime Minister Salam is highly aggravated,” one source said.

Although the source ruled out Salam’s intention to resign from his post, they disclosed that the Prime Minister has informed various groups that he would not accept that matters pertaining to the livelihood of the Lebanese to become overshadowed by political interests and bickering.

The sources said that Salam had no intention to raise the issue of holding Cabinet sessions with any of the parties, adding that Salam refused to hold counterproductive government sessions. “Prime Minister Salam would like various groups to shoulder their responsibilities and find solutions to break the deadlock.”

“Therefore,” one source said. “The prime minister will not call for a session this week nor will he distribute the agenda of the session to ministers.”

Following a governing mechanism established in light of the presidential void, Cabinet decisions and decrees require the approval of its 24 ministers.





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