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Political spat between Berri and Aoun over key appointments

Finance Minister Youssef Khalil, as per Speaker Nabih Berri’s directives, did not sign the promotions of officers of the 1994 batch in the army, known as the “Aoun session,” sources said.

Official sources confirmed Wednesday to al-Liwaa newspaper what MTV had reported on Tuesday about the minister signing all promotions of the year 1994 in all other security agencies except those of the army officers.

The promotions were referred to the Premiership then to the Presidency for approval.

This shows “an intense political tug-of-war” between President Michel Aoun, Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Najib Miqati that “has led to a complete collapse on all levels,” al-Liwaa newspaper said, expecting “a prolonged governmental crisis.”

Aoun will not sign the decrees promoting colonels to brigadier generals, the sources said, in response to the exclusion of the 1994 batch army officers “who are eligible based on seniority.”


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