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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Cabinet faces a new test of unity Thursday over the appointment of new members of the Banking Control Commission as a number of ministers have voiced reservations over some proposed candidates.Lawmakers from MP Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, Hezbollah's bloc and its March 8 allies have scuttled a quorum by boycotting parliamentary sessions, demanding an agreement beforehand with their March 14 rivals over a consensus candidate for the presidency.Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil is expected to propose from outside the agenda the appointment of the commission's five members, an issue which Khalil had raised during last week's Cabinet session, but Salam asked him to contact various political parties to achieve consensus on it.The names of proposed candidates are: Samir Hammoud from the Future Movement as head of the commission, Joseph Sarkis, a candidate from Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement, Ahmad Safa, nominated by the Amal Movement and Hezbollah, and Munir Alyan, a candidate backed by the March 14 coalition.Geagea said Aoun is the only person who could help break the presidential deadlock if he and members of his parliamentary bloc decided to attend a parliamentary session to elect a president.
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