Azzi joked that if there were no arguments, the ministers would have gotten bored during the meeting.
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A brief war of words erupted between Lebanese ministers Thursday during the first Cabinet session in nearly a month, prompting Prime Minister Tammam Salam to temporarily halt the meeting.It mainly revolved around Education Minister Elias Bou Saab and Public Works and Transportation Minister Ghazi Zeaiter, she said.Labor Minister Sejaan Azzi later confirmed that there was a dispute, jokingly saying that if there were no arguments then they would have been bored in the five-hour meeting.Bou Saab, who belongs to the Free Patriotic Movement, and allied Energy Minister Arthur Nazarian attended the session despite the party previously boycotting Cabinet.Bassil, Bou Saab and Nazarian have been boycotting Cabinet sessions since late August to protest the extension of the terms of senior military officials, as well as what they say is the marginalization of key Christian positions.Tourism Minister Michel Pharaon was in Paris, also missing the session.
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