Khalil, Future bloc MP Ammar Houri and Siniora in Parliament.
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The Cabinet once again failed Monday to settle a dispute within the State Security agency, and instead tasked Prime Minister Tammam Salam with finding a solution to the long-running leadership rift between the agency's chief and his deputy that has plunged the government into a sectarian tangle.Meanwhile, Parliament was unable for the 38th time in nearly two years to convene to elect a president due to a lack of quorum, prompting Speaker Nabih Berri to schedule a new session for next month. All the ministers agreed to task Salam to negotiate a solution to the thorny issue of the State Security agency, several months after this crisis broke out, deepening divisions within the Cabinet. Ministerial sources asked if Salam's planned contacts with heads of parliamentary blocs, namely with Berri, would ensure a satisfactory solution to the State Security agency's problem that would call for the transfer of secret funds and telecoms data to the agency so that it can pursue investigations pending a solution to the proposed command council.Economy Minister Alain Hakim said he will not leave the session if the State Security issue is postponed.Ex-Prime Minister Saad Hariri did not attend the session, although he participated in the last two sessions.
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