Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, left, and Prime Minister Tammam Salam arrive to attend a ceremony in Baabda , Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet will meet again Friday in an eleventh-hour attempt to avert a government crisis over its policy statement in the shadow of a threat by Prime Minister Tammam Salam to resign.A brief statement after the six-hour meeting said the Cabinet would meet again Friday afternoon in an open session in an attempt to break the one-month stalemate over the policy statement that has been stymied by the parties' dispute over how to mention the resistance in the document.Ahead of the Cabinet session, Sleiman and Salam had a closed meeting to discuss the deadlock over the policy statement.Berri, Husseini and a number of March 8 lawmakers contend that the 24-member Cabinet would be considered resigned if it failed to agree on a policy statement by March 17 after which Sleiman would be obligated under the Constitution to hold bindings consultations with members of Parliament to name a new prime minister.However, some March 14 lawmakers and legal experts disagree, arguing that the Cabinet would not be considered resigned if the one-month constitutional deadline ends without an agreement on a policy statement.
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