File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam, center, heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Friday, May 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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The disruption of Parliament sessions on the pretext of the presidential void seems to be threatening government work as the Cabinet failed for the third time Thursday to agree on a mechanism to exercise its powers amid the vacuum in the country's top Christian post.Prime Minister Tammam Salam said the Cabinet needed more time to finalize discussions on a mechanism to govern its work during the presidential vacuum, according to Information Minister Ramzi Joreige. Thursday's was the Cabinet's third abortive attempt to agree on a mechanism to exercise full executive powers, including the president's prerogatives, since Lebanon plunged into a presidential vacuum following Parliament's failure to choose a successor to former President Michel Sleiman, whose six-year term ended on May 25 .While Salam had agreed to send the Cabinet agenda to the ministers 72 hours before scheduled sessions, the ministers remained at odds over whether Cabinet decrees need the signatures of all 24 members, or only two-thirds or half of them.Ministers from Aoun's bloc, backed by Hezbollah's ministers, demand that the Cabinet decrees be signed by all the ministers, while ministers from the March 14 coalition and the Future Movement insist that the decisions should be passed by a two-thirds vote. Salam prefers consensus on Cabinet decisions.
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