March 14 ministers inside the Parliament's assembly, Thursday, July 23, 2014 (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament,HO)
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Despite a breakthrough in the case of extra-budgetary spending to pay civil servants' salaries, the Cabinet remains split over the thorny issue of the Lebanese University's council, threatening its unity and work, ministerial sources said Wednesday.However, the issue of appointing the LU's council of deans is still lingering because of differences among ministers.A ministerial source told The Daily Star that if differences among ministers over the LU's council could not be ironed out during Thursday's Cabinet session, Prime Minister Tammam Salam might propose shelving this issue to another session to avoid divisions within the Cabinet, while moving to discuss other items on the agenda. Differences among ministers over this issue prompted Salam to refrain from calling for a Cabinet session last week.Ministerial sources told The Daily Star that the passing of the LU decree by the Cabinet would only be possible if MP Walid Jumblatt's bloc gave up on naming a dean to the Faculty of Tourism in exchange for keeping Pierre Yared as the dean of the Faculty of Medicine.Abu Faour, from Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc, said Tuesday that he had informed Salam and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab that his bloc accepted a proposal for keeping Yared as the dean of the Faculty of Medicine in exchange for the Druze sect not being represented on the LU's council.
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