File - MP Antoine Zahra speaks with MP George Adwan at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament will likely convene Thursday to pass laws authorizing Eurobonds and extra-budgetary spending necessary to pay public sector employees, politicians from across the political spectrum said Monday.Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, from the Amal Movement, said last week that Parliament should pass a law that would allow the required extra-budgetary spending.Ministers reached out Monday to soothe Prime Minister Tammam Salam's anger over disputes within the Cabinet, saying they were willing to facilitate the government's work.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab, Economy Minister Alain Hakim and Minister of State for Administrative Development Nabil de Freij held separate talks with Salam at the Grand Serail, days after reports said the premier was aggravated over disputes within his Cabinet. Salam had said he would refrain from scheduling a Cabinet session for this week due to lingering differences among ministers over key issues, particularly Lebanese University's contract professors. De Freij, a Future lawmaker, said his party was behind the prime minister all the way if no agreement was reached among ministers.
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