Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil attends an extraordinary meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League, on November 9, 2015 in the Saudi capital Riyadh. AFP PHOTO / FAYEZ NURELDINE
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The Free Patriotic Movement's boycott of this week's Cabinet session is "a warning message" to the government against forging ahead with plans to extend the mandate of Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil said Tuesday, in the latest jolt to hit an already divided body.The FPM is represented in the Cabinet by Bassil and Education Minister Elias Bou Saab.Despite calls by Deputy Parliament Speaker Farid Makari and Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon for Prime Minister Tammam Salam to postpone the Cabinet session to avoid further political tension, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige and a source close to Salam told The Daily Star Tuesday night that the Cabinet session will go ahead as planned.Bassil warned against a new extension of Kahwagi's term.Bassil, who has denounced the military extensions as "theatrics," again warned that the FPM would stage renewed street protests.The extension of Kahwagi's term by one year last August infuriated the FPM, which prompted the party's two ministers and their allies in Hezbollah to boycott Cabinet for two months.
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