Government Defers Military Council Appointments

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Government Defers Military Council Appointments

The government deferred discussions on key military appointments during its weekly session on Thursday, after it had been expected to fill four vacant posts in the six-member Military Council headed by Army commander Joseph Aoun.

According to media reports, it was Prime Minister Saad Hariri who asked that this issue would be postponed till next week in order to allow further talks.

The appointments include the posts of the Army's chief of staff, secretary-general of the Higher Defense Council, general inspector and a full-time council member.

The government, however, appointed Judge Mahmoud Makieh as its secretary-general, thus replacing Fouad Fleifel who reached retirement age.

The Cabinet also appointed Brigadier General Elias Al-Baissari as acting director of General Security for a period of one year during which he who would fill in for Abbas Ibrahim in case of absence.