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Cabinet to Resume Its Sessions on Thursday

The Cabinet will resume its sessions on Thursday with an agenda containing 93 items most of them ordinary, media reports said.

“The Cabinet will issue a stance on the files of Israel's border wall and its ownership claim regarding Block 9,” ministerial sources told al-Joumhouria newspaper in remarks published Wednesday, referring to an offshore gas block in which Lebanon intends to launch exploration and drilling operations.

“It will underline that it is part of Lebanon's Exclusive Economic Zone and not Israel's,” the sources added.

The Cabinet will also tackle suspending Article 84 of the electoral law which stipulates the use of magnetic voting cards in the May parliamentary elections.

“The measure is aimed at preventing any constitutional appeal that could be filed” against the results of the polls.

The Cabinet did not meet last week due to Prime Minister Saad Hariri's visit to Turkey and amid skyrocketing political tensions between the Free Patriotic Movement and the AMAL Movement that escalated into three days of unrest and street protests.

The Cabinet session will come two days after a reconciliatory Baabda meeting in which President Michel Aoun, Speaker Nabih Berri and Prime Minister Saad Hariri agreed to turn the page on disputes and reactivate the work of state institutions.


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