Secondary school teachers stage a rally in Beirut's Riad al-Solh, Monday, March 6, 2017. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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BEIRUT: The Cabinet decided Monday to hold two sessions this week: One to carry out key security and military appointments, and another to pursue discussions on the draft state budget and probably endorse the 2017 fiscal plan for the first time in 12 years, ministerial sources said.Khoury denied that the ministers were dragging their feet in their discussion of the draft budget.Khoury added he could not predict that the draft budget would be endorsed during Friday's session.Khoury said that security appointments will top the agenda of the Cabinet session Wednesday.In a sign confirming that high-ranking military and security appointments would be approved by the Cabinet Wednesday, Hariri met separately at the Grand Serail Monday evening with Army commander Gen. Jean Kahwagi, the head of the Internal Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Joseph Aoun would be appointed as Army commander replacing Kahwagi, while Brig. Gen. Imad Othman, the current head of the ISF's Information Branch, would replace Basbous as the ISF chief.Ministers said an agreement to include the cost of the salary scale bill into the state budget has been reached, while a draft law on revenues and proposed taxes to cover the cost will be referred to Parliament.
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