Prime Minister Tammam Salam of Lebanon addresses attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar
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Prime Minister Tammam Salam is taking a wait-and-see stance before calling for a Cabinet session, pending the outcome of ongoing consultations to resolve a rift over military promotions, seen as the key to getting the stalled government functioning, sources close to the premier said Friday.If an accord among ministers is reached on the promotions of senior Army officers, Salam will immediately call for a Cabinet session to approve them and agree on a decision-making mechanism and set the stage for reviving Parliament legislation, the sources said. The sources said opposition to the military promotions by the three Kataeb ministers and the two independent ministers, Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb and Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon, came in the context of political outbiddings.However, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige ruled out the Cabinet's approval of military promotions in light of opposition voiced by the "Consultative Gathering," a group headed by Sleiman and includes three ministers loyal to him, the three Kataeb Party ministers, Harb and Pharaon.
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