Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati & Nohra, HO)
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The Cabinet Tuesday approved a decree to finance the country's municipal elections as well as the by-elections in a south Lebanon district, paving the way for the polls to be held on time in May.However, ministers postponed a vote on a decree that would have made Civil Defense volunteers full-time employees despite promises by Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk that action would be taken in Tuesday's session.Industry Minister Hussein Hajj Hassan, however, told reporters that ministers didn't tackle the matter at all during the session.Telecommunication Minister Butros Harb said as he left the session that the issue was referred to the upcoming session until the funding resources are located. The Cabinet also failed to address Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi's call to refer the case of ex-Information Minister Michel Samaha's to the Judicial Council from outside the agenda.
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