2 Cabinet Sessions before Suleiman Leaves Baabda

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A cabinet session scheduled for Thursday will be held at the Grand Serail instead of Baabda Palace to discuss 100 items placed on the agenda, An Nahar newspaper reported.

The daily quoted a cabinet minister as saying on Wednesday “it seems the president wants PM (Tammam) Salam to practice the management of the sessions.”

An Nahar said President Michel Suleiman will not chair the session at 4:00 pm Thursday for not having crucial issues on its agenda such as the appointment of top civil servants.

The cabinet ministers will discuss among other things the renewal of the contract of Casino du Liban, issuing special passports at the cost of LL400 million, the formation of the drugs and fertilizers committee and a plan to protect Lebanon’s mountain tops and coast.

But al-Joumhouria newspaper said the session will be held at Baabda Palace and that the cabinet will also meet the next day under Suleiman to make appointments of officials in some ministries and state institutions.

Following Friday’s session, Suleiman will throw a banquet in honor of Salam and the ministers on the eve of his farewell speech, it said.

The president will leave on Sunday Baabda Palace, which will likely remain vacant over the failure of the parliament to elect a new head of state.

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