Lebanon's Prime Minister Tammam Salam heads a cabinet meeting at the government palace in Beirut, Lebanon August 27, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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The Cabinet Thursday approved the thorny military appointments that had caused paralysis in the executive body for months, after parties reached an agreement on the issue prior to the official session.Education Minister Elias Bou Saab of the FPM announced Wednesday that his party would be attending Thursday's ministerial session, the second this month, after an agreement over the military appointments issue was reached.The Cabinet had held a session on Jan. 14 with the absence of the FPM and its ally Hezbollah; the former announced last week that it would continue to boycott sessions if the appointments issue had not be solved.Bou Saab warned before entering the session that any attempt obstruct the appointments, which he clarified were agreed upon during Wednesday's national dialogue meeting, would constitute "Cabinet obstruction".Before entering the meeting, Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi said he will raise the issue of Michel Samaha, a former minister released on a nearly $100,000 bail earlier this month after being convicted of terror charges last year.Although ministers approved a controversial waste export plan in an extraordinary session last month, action has yet to be taken.
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