Mikati signs military and security promotions decree

PM-designate Najib Mikati, in his capacity as caretaker PM, signed Friday the decree of military and security promotions as he received it from the Finance Ministry.

A week ago, media reports said Speaker Nabih Berri was “still refusing to agree to the promotions of the officers who graduated (from the Military School) in 1994 under the excuse of ‘sectarian imbalance.’”

Berri had asked former finance minister Ali Hassan Khalil during the terms of several previous governments to refuse to sign the decree.

Caretaker Defense Minister Maurice Slim and Deputy Speaker Elias Bou Saab had last month launched mediation efforts in order to reach “a settlement that would resolve the pending issues all at once,” al-Akhbar newspaper said.

The other files mentioned by the report were the appointments of the courts of cassation and the appointments of forest guards.

Source: Naharnet

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