"And I have found both freedom and safety in my madness, the freedom of loneliness and the safety from being understood, for those who understand us enslave something in us. But let me not be too proud of my safety. Even a Thief in a jail is safe from another thief. "

Khalil Gibran (How I Became a Madman)



Thursday, January 04, 2018

Hariri Says Govt. Solidarity Intact as Cabinet Convenes amid Aoun-Berri Row- Naharnet

Prime Minister Saad Hariri reassured Thursday that “solidarity will continue among the government components,” as the Cabinet convened in Baabda amid an ongoing spat between President Michel Aoun and Speaker Nabih Berri.
The Cabinet has 43 items on its agenda, topped by a request from the Defense Ministry to refer the case of the Arsal, Ras Baalbek and al-Qaa clashes to the Judicial Council, Lebanon’s highest state security court.
Baabda sources said Hariri “has not proposed anything regarding the seniority decree,” ruling out that the controversial issue would be raised in the Cabinet session.
“There is strong keenness on the proper functioning of Cabinet,” the sources added.
Asked whether he would raise the issue, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil told reporters before the session that he would only speak if someone else raises the contentious topic.