File - FPM founder Michel Aoun receives LF leader Samir Geagea in Rabieh. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform parliamentary bloc Tuesday decried alleged exclusion of Christians from key posts in the civil service – including the Finance Ministry and some security agencies – and a lack of development projects in Christian areas, saying it is contrary to the country's National Pact. The bloc's stance came days after Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil was reported to have replaced a Maronite Christian with a Shiite at a top post at his ministry.Responding to the Finance Ministry's appointments, the Maronite Church warned Sunday against attempts to marginalize Christians from key civil service posts, saying this amounted to a breach of the 1943 National Pact's rules regarding distribution of public jobs between Muslims and Christians.
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