Salam chairs Cabinet session Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra, HO)
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After months of deadlock ministers Thursday filled key vacancies in the country's Military Council, in the first regular session of the Cabinet to have all of the political blocs in attendance since August.Acting Information Minister and Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi said after the Cabinet session that ministers addressed 241 of the 379 items on the agenda, to approve grants, ambassadorial appointments, and the state's participation in various conferences.The major parties Wednesday agreed to consider Defense Minister Samir Moqbel's council nominees, paving the way for the FPM and Hezbollah to lift their Cabinet boycott.The minister added that the discussion about Lebanon's position on Saudi-Iranian tensions was "objective".The Cabinet is scheduled to meet again Tuesday morning.Samaha was released on a $100,000 bail earlier this month, despite his terrorism conviction last year.On Jan. 18, Rifi submitted a request to the Cabinet to transfer Samaha's retrial from the Military Tribunal to the Judicial Council, and he proposed a draft law to establish special, terrorism courts. Yet Rifi emerged from the meeting tight-lipped.
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