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A proposal by Speaker Nabih Berri to resolve the monthlong crisis over the promotion of a number of Army officers is awaiting President Michel Aoun's response, official sources said Sunday.The source said Aoun was waiting for Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Beirut to be briefed on Berri's initiative before announcing his stance on it. The Baabda source denied media reports that Aoun has already rejected Berri's proposal.The decree, signed last month by Aoun, Hariri and Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, sidestepping the finance minister's approval, has whipped up tensions between Aoun and Berri. Aoun has maintained that the decree is legitimate and constitutional and does not require the finance minister's signature in order to be implemented, while Berri insists that the decree should have been inked by Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil, a top political aide to the speaker.Berri said that he would not budge on his rejection of the decree as long as it overlooked the finance minister's signature.Despite Aoun's and Berri's conflicting positions on the decree crisis, Culture Minister Ghattas Khoury, a key political adviser to Hariri, sounded optimistic about a resolution after meeting Berri last Friday.
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