Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi speaks during a press conference at the Ministry in Beirut, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The ministerial committee tasked with drafting the new Cabinet's policy statement failed to break a deadlock over the resistance clause during its final session Tuesday, with time running out ahead of the March 17 deadline.Prime Minister Tammam Salam decided to refer the committee's discussion to the Cabinet.The ministerial committee has until March 17 to finalize the draft policy statement or the president would be obligated under the law to begin a new round of parliamentary consultations to name a new prime minister.Azzi also said that the Cabinet would decide whether to resume the committee meeting, which has so far held 10 sessions.
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