Salam shakes hands with Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi during a Cabinet session on Thursday, March 5, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam was firm Thursday, telling ministers that he would no longer allow them to obstruct the Cabinet's work, as the body resumed sessions after three weeks of paralysis.Thursday's Cabinet session was the first since Feb. 12, as tension among ministers over a decision-making mechanism prevented meetings from taking place.With regard to Cabinet decrees – which would have required the president's signature – after being signed by the prime minister, the relevant minister and the finance minister, they will be now be presented to the entire Cabinet for signature instead.Salam added that when the presidential vacuum began last May, the parties represented in the Cabinet agreed that its decisions must be consensus-based.Ministers will also no longer be allowed to leave Cabinet meetings early in order to call party leaders or speak to reporters.
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