Lebanese soldiers patrol the area in Jiyyeh, Monday, July 27, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Defense Minister Samir Moqbel will postpone the retirement of Army Chief of Staff Maj.A senior Army official told The Daily Star that he also believed that senior military posts, including that of Army commander, would not be allowed to fall vacant.The six-member body is comprised of the Army commander, chief of staff, secretary of the Higher Defense Council, general director of administration, general inspector and another high-ranking officer.Hisham Jaber, a retired Lebanese Army general, said that appointing a new commander and filling other key security posts was the best solution.Responding to those who maintain that the president should have a say in the appointment of the Army commander, Jaber said that once a president is elected, another commander could be appointed.The Army commander, who carries the rank of a general, retires at the age of 60 . The new president, who serves a six-year term, would then have a say in the appointment of his successor, Jaber said. He claimed that extending the retirement age of the chief of staff and commander a second time would be harmful to the Army.
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