(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet will win a strong vote of confidence from Parliament Thursday as Prime Minister Tammam Salam pledged to fight terrorism, prevent sectarian strife fueled by the conflict in Syria, and set the stage for holding the presidential election on time.Lawmakers began Wednesday debating the Cabinet's policy statement, on whose basis Salam's 24-member Cabinet would seek of vote of confidence in Parliament. Twenty-five MPs, mostly from the March 14 coalition, spoke during Wednesday's session, while eight other March 8 and March 14 lawmakers have registered their names to speak Thursday.Given the fact that the country's major parliamentary blocs on both sides of the political divide are represented in it, the Cabinet is assured of an easy confidence vote of about 110 MPs.Salam acknowledged that his Cabinet faced daunting security, political and economic challenges.Referring to Saudi Arabia's $3 billion grant to equip the Lebanese Army, Salam said the Cabinet would continue efforts to bolster the capabilities of the military and security forces in order to help them confront terrorism, protect the border and consolidate security in the country.
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