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Salam schedules Cabinet session for Thursday

After a month of negotiations, the Cabinet approved a mechanism last week to govern its work in light of the presidential void. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Prime Minister Tammam Salam has called for a Cabinet session to be held Thursday, a ministerial source told The Daily Star Sunday.

“The session will be held at the Grand Serail at 10 a.m. with 35 items on its agenda,” the source said.

In line with the new mechanism devised by ministers to regulate the work and prerogatives of the government under the presidential void, Salam distributed the agenda of the session to ministers Saturday, the source said.

After a month of negotiations, the Cabinet approved a mechanism last week to govern its work in light of the presidential void, as Salam stressed that all government decisions would be consensus based.

Salam explained that none of the Cabinet’s decisions would be put to vote, but all should win unanimous backing by all parties represented in the government.

Salam said that the session’s agenda would be distributed to ministers 96 hours ahead of the session’s scheduled time.

“This will give the ministers enough time to study the agenda and discuss it,” he said.

Under normal conditions, ministers receive the agenda 48 hours before the session date.

The prime minister said that representatives of all blocs in the government would sign Cabinet decrees.

“At least one minister representing each political party in the national unity government will sign the decrees,” Salam told reporters. “Whoever will be attending the session on behalf of a certain political bloc can sign the decrees.”

 

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