Cabinet agreed Thursday to drop a controversial plan for setting up voting megacenters for the May 15 parliamentary polls, as it took note of the appointment of Ziad Makari of the Marada Movement as a successor to resigned information minister George Kordahi.
The conferees, however, agreed that it is necessary to implement the megacenters plan in the 2026 elections.
MTV meanwhile reported that Sport and Youth Minister George Kallas rejected during the session that he be allotted the information portfolio, which led to naming Makari as information and not sport minister as initially planned.
Separately, Cabinet approved the appointment of Maj. Gen. Tony Saliba as a civilian head of the State Security directorate and named Brig. Gen. Hassan Shqeir as his deputy.
Minister of the Displaced Issam Sharafeddine meanwhile walked out of the session after Cabinet refused his request to re-discuss the issue of Syrian refugees.