Rice is thrown as people welcome newly-appointed General Joseph Aoun as army commander, upon his arrival at his family's house in Sin El Fil, northeast of Beirut, lebanon March 8, 2017. The Daily Star / Mohamed Azakir
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In a substantial development, Cabinet Wednesday decided on key security and judicial appointments including a decree promoting Gen. Joseph Aoun to the post of commander of the Lebanese Army.Maj. Gen. Imad Othman assumed the post of director-general of the Internal Security Forces, following his tenure as the head of the ISF's Information Branch – a key agency in the battle against terrorism.Gen. Abbas Ibrahim from military service was approved and as a civilian he was reappointed in his old post as the director-general of General Security.Lebanon's laws do not explicitly state that the head of General Security must be in the military.Other appointments included Maj. Gen. Saadallah Hamad as secretary-general of the Higher Defense Council and Feryal Dalloul as commissioner of the Shura Council.Gen. Tony Mansour to be appointed as the new head of Army Intelligence, a decision that will be taken by Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf and the new Army commander.On Feb. 14, Kaag tweeted calling for the implementation of Resolution 1701, erroneously saying it calls for the disarmament of all armed groups in Lebanon and no arms outside the state.
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