File - Hariri meets with representatives of the Economic Committees on Saturday, February 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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A rift among ministers over the government's decision-making mechanism during the 9-month-old presidential vacuum widened over the weekend, preventing a Cabinet session for this week.The Cabinet did not meet last week due to differences among its 24 ministers over a decision-making mechanism.Prime Minister Tammam Salam, backed by most ministers, is demanding a change in the current mechanism, which requires unanimous support from all 24 ministers on the Cabinet decisions. Amid the sharp divisions among ministers over amending the decision-making mechanism, Salam is unlikely to call for a Cabinet session this week, the sources said.While Salam is adamant on changing the current mechanism, seven Christian ministers and a Muslim minister, who met at former President Michel Sleiman's residence in Yarze last week, oppose the change, saying the Cabinet should serve in a caretaker capacity until a new president is elected. The eight ministers included the three Kataeb ministers, three ministers loyal to Sleiman, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb and Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon.
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