Beirut risks flooding with garbage after Jan. 17 if no agreement was reached and the Naameh dump was closed. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Ministers exchanged accusations over the controversial waste management file Friday as the Kataeb Party released its proposed amendments to the bill and the environment minister hinted at a possible shift in the Cabinet voting method in order to resolve the crisis.The Kataeb Party outlined in a press release its proposed amendments to the bill. The Cabinet failed Thursday to pass the waste management bill that was presented by Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk which proposed a national plan to treat the country's solid waste.Machnouk, who is close to Salam, suggested he may press the premier to revert to the voting system that would allow bills to pass with the approval of two-thirds of Cabinet's 24 ministers in order to push through his ministry's waste management plan.Since the Kataeb ministers were the only ones to oppose the bill, reverting to the old system would theoretically allow it pass. However, Kataeb Party sources threatened that the group's ministers would resign if the old voting system was adopted again.
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