Ministers discussing bills during a Cabinet session on Thursday, Aug 27, 2015. (the Daily Star/Dalati & Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's Cabinet approved the payment of public sector wages and a number of other bills in its session Thursday, despite a boycott by Hezbollah and its main Christian ally the Free Patriotic Movement, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige announced.In addition to the wages payments, the session approved five other decisions: tasking the ministers of transportation and justice to hire a legal firm to defend Lebanon against a lawsuit by a foreign air line, tasking Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk to contact municipalities over their potential role in a solution to the garbage crisis, approving a number of donations to state institutions, issuing Eurobonds and transferring owed funds to municipalities.Five ministers boycotted the session from Hezbollah and FPM chief Michel Aoun's Change and Reform Bloc: Culture Minister Rony Areiji, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian, Industry Minister Hussein al-Hajj Hasan and State Minister Mohammad Fneich.to present the 70 decrees which the Cabinet recently passed without the signature of FPM and Hezbollah to the two parties' ministers.Ministers affiliated with Hezbollah, the FPM and the 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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