President Michel Sleiman arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Friday, May 9, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As-Safir reported that Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil, son-in-law of Aoun, offered Sleiman the deal, proposing that Brigadier Shamel Roukoz, the head of the Army Commando Unit, should be appointed to replace Army General Jean Kahwagi.Aoun, a former Army general himself, has also rejected proposals to extend Sleiman's six-year term to avert a vacuum in the country's top Christian post.Al-Akhbar reported that Bassil told Sleiman that Aoun's bloc opposed attempts by the Cabinet to make new appointments to fill vacancies in the Military Council, saying Kahwagi should first be replaced. Sleiman also reiterated his criticism of Hezbollah's role in Syria.
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