Ministers attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, July 10, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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A flurry of political consultations has so far failed to make any breakthrough in the thorny issues of the Lebanese University's contract professors and extra-budgetary spending, ministerial sources said Monday, setting the stage for a heated Cabinet session this week.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mohammad Fneish and Health Minister Wael Abu Faour met separately Monday with Prime Minister Tammam Salam at the Grand Serail as part of ongoing efforts to resolve the Cabinet dispute over the appointments of the LU's council, an essential move for the approval of the employment of the university's contract professors as full timers. "There are no signs indicating a breakthrough in the dispute over the Lebanese University," Fneish, one of two ministers representing Hezbollah in the Cabinet, told The Daily Star. He blamed the other [March 14] side for blocking an agreement within the Cabinet on the LU issue. Abu Faour, who belongs to MP Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc, met Salam to discuss ways to break the LU deadlock threatening to cripple the government's work.Sources in the FPM said the party insisted on naming a figure to the Faculty of Medicine, a demand expected to further complicate the situation and delay discussion of the LU decree during the Cabinet session.
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