Maj. Gen. Hatem Malak. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
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Gen. Hatem Malak as the acting Army chief of staff Friday, succeeding Maj. Gen. Walid Salman, whose term ends Friday.Moqbel thanked Salman for his service to the Lebanese Army.Prime Minister Tammam Salam said last month that a new Army chief of staff would succeed Salman, as his term can no longer be extended. Salman was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in 2003, and promoted to his current rank of major general in 2011 . The defense minister extended the term of Lebanese Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi Thursday, despite staunch opposition from the Free Patriotic Movement.
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