Information Minister Melhem Riachi takes a picture during a Cabinet session in Baabda, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Although Wednesday's session was supposed to be the last following last week's legislative elections, the Cabinet has decided to hold another meeting Monday before it turns into a caretaker government at the end of Parliament's term on May 21 .Meeting in a five-hour session under President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace, the Cabinet approved a series of measures out of the 83-item agenda, including those related to the ailing electricity sector.Wednesday's was the first Cabinet session since Lebanon conducted on May 6 peaceful parliamentary elections, the first in nine years.Parliament's four-year term, which has been extended three times since 2013 over security concerns, expires on May 21, after which the government will be considered resigned and serve in a caretaker capacity. The Cabinet agreed to renew the contract of the Turkish barge Fatmagul Sultan for one year, instead of three as Energy and Water Minister Cesar Abi Khalil had requested. Both Aoun and Hariri praised holding the parliamentary elections.Hariri said his government made a lot of achievements which several previous governments had failed to achieve.
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