File - Agriculture Minister Akram Chehayeb attends a ceremony in Baabda, Thursday, March 13, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Discord over a controversial proposal to treat solid waste paralyzed Cabinet Thursday, with Prime Minister Tammam Salam vowing to hold no more sessions before consensus was reached on the plan. Salam adjourned the five-hour session after Kataeb Party ministers voiced opposition to the plan to treat solid wastes as proposed by Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk, saying it lacked transparency. The session failed when Kataeb ministers questioned how contracts would be awarded to companies and were not convinced of the plan.The Kataeb Party's stance enraged Salam, who adjourned the session, stressing that he would not call for another session until consensus was reached between ministers.While Machnouk argues that the deadline should be pushed back until new companies tasked with collecting and treating waste are selected, PSP ministers insist that the dump should be closed on time.
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