Khalil speaks during a news conference in Beirut. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The influential Maronite Church Wednesday kept up its campaign against alleged exclusion of Christians from key posts in the civil service, warning against attempts to violate the national formula that sets quotas for Christians and Muslims in public institutions.In a quick response to the Maronite Bishops, Khalil denied any key appointments had been made at the Finance Ministry, stressing he was keen on boosting Christian presence and power at the ministry.Responding to the Maronite Bishops, Khalil rejected accusations over sectarian appointments, saying no major appointments had been made at his ministry.Khalil warned that he had files regarding what was going on in other ministries and did not want to start a confrontation. He disclosed that there were 21 key posts at four ministries normally reserved for Shiites that were instead given to Christians.
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