FPM leader Michle Aoun, right, receives Defense Minister Samir Moqbel in Rabieh, Monday, July 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam came under pressure Monday to postpone a crucial Cabinet session to avert a looming confrontation with MP Michel Aoun's ministers over the thorny issue of the decision-making system and prevent the possible collapse of his embattled government.In the meantime, the government scrambled to defuse tensions with Aoun over the contentious topic of military and security appointments as Defense Minister Samir Moqbel discussed the issue with the Free Patriotic Movement leader ahead of a special Cabinet session Tuesday.Health Minister Wael Abu Faour said he was delegated by MP Walid Jumblatt to plead with Salam to postpone Tuesday's session to allow for more time to reach a consensus on the decision-making process.Derbas said Salam would not cede any of the prime minister's prerogatives.Salam has rejected such a demand, saying it could allow any party to easily paralyze the Cabinet's work.Moqbel began consultations with political leaders over the issue of security and military appointments before presenting it to Cabinet.Moqbel said he and Aoun agreed on the appointment of senior military and security officers.
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