Hariri gestures during a Cabinet session at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Despite not being listed on the agenda, the chronic electricity crisis stole the limelight at Tuesday's Cabinet session, as President Michel Aoun rebuked ministers for not doing enough to solve the problem and Prime Minister Saad Hariri asked the energy minister to present a report on the electricity situation with proposed solutions. At the request of Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, the Cabinet postponed discussing a military cooperation agreement between Lebanon and Russia, Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi, who is also the acting information minister, told reporters after the session chaired by Aoun at Baabda Palace.However, Aoun, apparently disgruntled by the lack of Cabinet action to ease the severe power rationing ahead of the summer season, called on ministers to stop dragging their feet over the electricity crisis and to find temporary solutions until power plants are built.Abi Khalil belongs to the Free Patriotic Movement founded by Aoun.Aoun was reported to have supported Abi Khalil's plan to lease power barges to solve the electricity crisis.
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