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Successful civil service applicants for a number of public institutions held a demonstration Tuesday morning in Downtown's Riad al-Solh Square to protest the delay in their appointments.Ministers have been delaying finalizing appointments, citing the need for a sectarian balance in public institutions."It's [the ministers'] job to raise awareness and push more Christians to enter government," Sherene al-Tabshi, a potential public accountant said. She said that during that last round of applications for her position, 50 Muslims were accepted to be public accountants compared to only five Christians.The delay in appointments also comes as public institutions are greatly understaffed.According to demonstrators, Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil was the only minister who didn't sign off on the appointment of the 106 forest guards.The protesting applicants all fall under Grade 4, exempting their positions from requiring sectarian balance.
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