Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah receives Salam in Kuwait. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam said Sunday a breakthrough had been made in the mechanism governing government work, a move that sets the stage for a Cabinet session this week.Salam stressed the importance of consensus among the 24 ministers on Cabinet decisions, refusing to give details of the governing mechanism that had threatened to paralyze government work.Later, speaking at a news conference in Kuwait after holding talks with Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Sabah and Parliament Speaker Marzouk Ali Ghanem, Salam said Cabinet would meet this week following a breakthrough in the governing mechanism.The Cabinet did not meet last week apparently due to a row over a mechanism to exercise its full executive powers, including the president's prerogatives, during the vacuum in the presidency.Since May 25, the Cabinet has failed in three sessions to agree on a mechanism to govern during the presidential void. Following Parliament's failure in two separate sessions last week to elect a new president and discuss the public sector's salary scale bill due to a lack of quorum, Speaker Nabih Berri has warned that the disruption of Parliament sessions on the pretext of the presidential void would lead to the disruption of Cabinet sessions.
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