Motorists drive in flooded street in Jal al-Dib, Monday, March 13, 2017. (The Daily Star photo)
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The Cabinet decided to hold a final session Friday after failing in a marathon meeting Monday to endorse the 2017 draft budget, an essential move clearing the way for final ratification by Parliament of the country's long-awaited fiscal plan for the first time in 12 years.Riachi said Friday's Cabinet session would be short. He disclosed that agreement has been reached among ministers that within 10 days after the endorsement of the draft budget, Energy Minister Cesar Abi Khalil would present a plan to revive the energy sector with the aim of saving more than $1 billion annually in electricity production.Khalil's plan is apparently aimed at appeasing Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea who has demanded that the Cabinet act to privatize electricity production as a condition for the three LF ministers to vote for the draft budget.The Cabinet discussion of the draft budget comes as Parliament prepares to hold a legislative session at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday to debate and approve a raft of draft laws and proposals, including a salary scale bill for civil servants and public and private school teachers.
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