Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk, Information Minister Ramzi Joreige and Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk attend a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail Thursday, Jan. 14, 2015. (The Daily Star/ Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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The Cabinet held its first session since September Thursday, but in the absence of Free Patriotic Movement and Hezbollah ministers did not address contentious issues.The session, according to Information Minister Ramzi Joreige, did not tackle military and security appointments, a key FPM demand. FPM ministers, backed by Hezbollah, have been boycotting meetings to press their demands about military appointments, especially to the vacant posts in the six-member Military Council.FPM President and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil informed Prime Minister Tammam Salam of the two parties' renewed decision to boycott the session Thursday. Salam said he would continue so long as he had a two-thirds quorum of 16 ministers. Salam preached consensus at the meeting.
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