Prime Minister Saad Hariri chairs a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail, Wednesday, March 1, 2017. (The Daily Star/Ahmad Azakir)
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The Cabinet is slated to meet Wednesday to launch a series of appointments filling key security, military and judicial posts, in a major but rare development that will give a political boost to the government and President Michel Aoun's term, official sources said Tuesday.Aoun will chair the Cabinet session to be held at 11 a.m. at Baabda Palace with 40 items on the agenda, topped by long-awaited high-ranking security and military appointments, an official source said.The security and military appointments include the Army chief, the head of Military Intelligence, the head of State Security, the chief of General Security, the director general of the Internal Security Forces, the secretary-general of the Higher Defense Council, the head of the Central Inspection Authority, and the head of the Judicial Inspection Authority among others.The Cabinet, which has been debating the country's draft budget over the past three weeks, decided Monday to hold two sessions this week: one on Wednesday to approve security and military appointments, and one on Friday to pursue discussions and probably endorse the 2017 fiscal plan for the first time in 12 years.
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