File - FPM leader Michel Aoun speaks during an interview with The Daily Star in Rabieh, Friday, Nov. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Ministerial sources voiced optimism that a solution to the issue of extending the term of top Lebanese security officials would be reached by the end of April, preventing a crisis in the Cabinet. A political impasse over the issue has stoked fears that the standoff could lead to the demise of the government, after Free Patriotic Movement MP Michel Aoun threatened to pull his ministers from the Cabinet if the mandate of security officers was extended. Basbous retires on June 5 while Kahwagi retires on Sept. 23 .At the height of Aoun's campaign against a second extension of Kahwagi's term, the visit of Hezbollah MP Mohammad Raad and Hezbollah's senior security official Wafiq Safa to Aoun's residence in Rabieh last month was seen by many political leaders as an indication that Hezbollah is on good terms with Kahwagi and is not of the same persuasion as Aoun.Filing an extension of the officers' terms requires that ministers adopt a law to raise the age of their retirement, the sources said. Likewise, Basbous' term would end at 62 instead of 59 and Roukoz at 61 instead of 58 .
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