File - Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The Cabinet is scheduled to meet Thursday amid a split among ministers over a widening food safety campaign and waste treatment, a long-simmering key issue hanging over the government for months.A heated debate over solid waste treatment between Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk and the ministers of health and agriculture Wael Abu Faour and Akram Chehayeb, who belong to MP Walid Jumblatt's Progressive Socialist Party, is expected during the Cabinet session, ministerial sources said.Chehayeb warned that the Cabinet would face "a big problem" Thursday due to the rift among ministers over the closure of the Naameh landfill.In addition to differences with the PSP's ministers over solid waste treatment, Machnouk is also at odds with the three Kataeb ministers over this issue.The Cabinet will also tackle a war of words pitting Abu Faour against Economy Minister Alain Hakim over the health minister's food safety campaign.
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