Ministers Nicolas Tueni (L), Ali Qanso (C) and Yaacoub Sarraf arrive at the Grand Serail, Monday, Feb. 27, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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A Cabinet session set to tackle the contentious 2017 state budget draft was adjourned on Monday over lack of quorum, despite vehement efforts by ministers to wrap up talks on the matter.Prime Minister Saad Hariri was set to chair the Cabinet session at the Grand Serail, which only saw 19 of 30 ministers attending the meeting. Twenty-one ministers are needed to reach quorum.Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea said on Sunday that the LF's three ministers and eight lawmakers would not vote for the budget unless the government decided to privatize electricity production in a bid to reduce the endemic deficit in the state-run Electricite du Liban company's budget and ensure power supply around the clock.
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