Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi launches work permit magnetic cards at his ministry in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi Sunday vowed to stay in the government with "full powers" in defiance of his Kataeb Party's decision to quit the Cabinet, already crippled by long-simmering differences among its ministers.The failure by rival leaders to elect a president and agree on a new voting system comes on top of a new Cabinet crisis sparked last week by Kataeb Party chief MP Sami Gemayel announcing the resignation of the two ministers: Azzi and Economy Minister Alain Hakim.However, Azzi dismissed the resignation decision as part of political posturing, pledging to continue to serve.Azzi and Hakim did not attend Thursday's Cabinet session in line with the resignation decision. But Azzi said that he was studying his participation in this week's two Cabinet sessions set for Wednesday and Friday. Hakim's and Azzi's are the second and third ministerial resignations, after Justice Minister Ashraf Rifi resigned in February over his opposition to what he said was Hezbollah's domination of the government.Salam said that if the Kataeb Party was serious about the resignation of its two ministers, it should submit the resignation in writing to the Cabinet's Secretariat-General.
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