Progressive Socialist Party MP Wael Abu Faour meets with Speaker Nabih Berri on Jan. 22, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Parliament, HO)
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Former Minister Wael Abu Faour warned Thursday that the Cabinet's work would be crippled if a monthlong standoff between the president and the Parliament speaker over a decree promoting a number of Army officers was not resolved.Abu Faour, from MP Walid Jumblatt's parliamentary bloc, also announced that Prime Minister Saad Hariri's mediation attempt to settle the escalating dispute between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri over the officers' decree has ended in failure as the two leaders stuck to their guns on their conflicting positions on a solution. Berri has rejected the controversial decree, signed last month by Aoun, Hariri and Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, because it sidestepped the finance minister's signature.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.FPM leader and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is set to hold a news conference Friday to talk about the upcoming parliamentary elections, as well as matters related to the Constitution and the Taif Accord, in what appeared to be a response to Berri's accusations that Aoun was violating the Constitution.Hezbollah, which is allied with both Aoun and Berri, called for resolving political differences ahead of the parliamentary elections.
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