Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk arrives at the Baabda Palace, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk warned against obstructing Cabinet's work, and launched vehement criticism against attempts to target the prime minister's powers.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.Machnouk said that his March 14 group has decided to deal calmly with the issue of Cabinet authorities, away from political bickering. "We are not basic [decision makers] in the presidential election, it is one big international and regional game," Machnouk said.For his part, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called for facilitating the work of both Parliament and Cabinet amid presidential void as he called for seeking the "serious" election of a new head of state.
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