File - Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi attends a graduation ceremony at a military barracks in Beirut's suburb of Fayyadieh, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The recent appointment of a Cabinet secretary-general and members of the Banking Control Commission do not indicate any imminent appointments in the Army or security services, a ministerial source from the March 14 alliance told The Daily Star.The source added that it was too early to decide on new security and military appointments, including those of Army commander and chief of staff. Bassil stressed to Gemayel that Aoun insisted on nominating himself for the presidency. Gemayel told Bassil that the Kataeb had reservations on the appointment of Roukoz as Army commander, as both Aoun and Roukoz were not only politically aligned, but members of the same family. He added that he would accept the appointments on the condition that Aoun withdrew his nomination for the presidency. Geagea later sent a letter to Aoun echoing Gemayel's suggestion – that if Aoun wanted Roukoz to become the next Army commander, he should give up his bid for the presidency.
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