Cabinet convened last week to discuss procedures for governing in the absence of a president. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Amid a row among its members over exercising the president's prerogatives, the Cabinet resumes Tuesday its discussions on a mechanism to fill the power vacuum following Parliament's failure to pick a successor to former President Michel Sleiman.Unfettered by the raging debate over exercising the president's prerogatives during the presidential void, Prime Minister Tammam Salam vowed that his government would work in line with the Constitution, which vests full executive powers, including the president's prerogatives, with the Cabinet until a new president is elected. "The Constitution's articles with regard to transferring the president's prerogatives to the Cabinet in the event of a vacancy are clear," Jumblatt told a local TV station.He called for putting an end to political "outbiddings" over the issue of the president's prerogatives during the presidential void. Bassil – Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's son-in-law – met Hariri last month as part of the ongoing contacts between the FPM and the Future Movement on the presidential election.Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah said that all political parties should work together to hold the presidential election "as soon as possible".
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