Michel Aoun shakes hands with Saad Hariri in Baabda, Thursday, June 22, 2017. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Thursday called for restraint in the escalating dispute over a decree promoting Lebanese Army officers, saying that there are solutions available to resolve the issue.The decree has caused a feud between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri. It promotes the officers who served under Aoun in the late '80s when he was the Army commander, and was fiercely opposed by Berri. The decree was signed by Hariri and Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, but wasn't signed by Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil – a key political aide to Berri. The dispute between Aoun and Berri escalated this week after the president Monday called on those who have an objection to the decree to take their issue to the judiciary.
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