Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, receives former President Amin Gemayel in Beirut, Monday, March 17, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Parliament is set to begin discussing the government's policy statement Wednesday, with the Cabinet certain to win a vote of confidence despite expectations of a number of fiery speeches during the two-day session.The Kataeb Party announced that its three ministers would not resign from the government after President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Tammam Salam clarified to them the policy statement's clause on the state's authority to defend Lebanon.The statement said the party would adopt Sleiman and Salam's explanation of the policy statement.The Kataeb Party has called for Hezbollah's resistance actions to be placed under the state's authority.Prior to the announcement that they would be staying in the government, party leader Amine Gemayel and a Kataeb delegation visited Sleiman at Baabda Palace. The Kataeb statement said Sleiman made the same assurances to Gemayel Monday.At the beginning of the Parliament session, Salam will read the government's policy statement, which will then be debated over the coming two days.
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