Lebanese President Michel Aoun meets with Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri, and Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon February 6, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Decree crisis resolved, ending Aoun-Berri feudIn a quick implementation of an agreement reached by the country's top leaders during their ice-breaking meeting at Baabda Palace, relevant ministers signed Wednesday a combined decree that seeks to advance the seniority and rank of a number of Army officers by one year and also secure promotion to other officers, political sources said. After it has been signed by the three ministers, the combined decree would be presented to Aoun and Hariri for their signature.It was a legal solution par excellence," Jreissati, one of eight ministers loyal to Aoun, said in an interview with Al-Jadeed TV Wednesday night.He said the solution to the decree crisis took into account that the decree signed early in December by Aoun, Hariri and Sarraf and skipped the finance minister's approval had become effective, while the decree that seeks to secure promotion to other Army officers required the finance minister's signature because it incurred financial burdens.The resolution to the decree crisis appeared to be based on a proposal by Berri, which essentially calls for combining the controversial decree along with other decrees securing promotions for all officers in the military corps, into one decree to be signed by the relevant ministers, that is, the defense, interior and finance ministers, before presenting it to the prime minister and the president for their signature.
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