Ministers attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's Cabinet Thursday passed another difficult test since its formation in February, ending years-long stagnation at the Lebanese University and allocating funds to pay the monthly salaries of civil servants.During a Cabinet session, which convened at 10 a.m. at the Grand Serail, ministers unanimously voted in favor of the vital LU decree, appointing deans to the council and hiring contract professors as full-time lecturers.The last time the Cabinet appointed deans to the council was in October 2001 .It is made up of deans from LU's 16 faculties and institutes, in addition to a professor representing each faculty, a representative of the National Union of Lebanese University Students – which has yet to be formed – and two academics.The Cabinet also agreed to allocate LL1.585 trillion to pay public sector salaries, which hung in the balance for weeks due to differences among ministers, according to the information minister.
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