Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, speaks with Minister Ali Hasan Khalil during a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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A compromise to break the Cabinet deadlock appeared likely ahead of a government meeting Thursday that will look into securing salaries for public sector employees and logistical support for the Army, sources said.Under the plan proposed by Speaker Nabih Berri, around 70 decrees which the Cabinet recently passed without the signature of the Free Patriotic Movement and its allies will be presented to ministers from the group. Speaking to The Daily Star Wednesday, a source close to Berri said the deal stipulated that the signatures of all of the government's 24 ministers would be necessary to pass the decrees, which under normal circumstances would require a president's signature to pass. The source said the plan, which includes other details, has so far won the backing of all Cabinet parties. He expects ministers of the FPM and its allies to attend Thursday's session. Ministers affiliated with Hezbollah, the FPM and Tashnag Party withdrew from a special Cabinet session Tuesday after expressing opposition to the approval of decrees that did not bear their signatures.
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