Cabinet approves contract extension for power barges

During the session, President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned the recent bloodshed in Gaza which killed over 60 Palestinian protesters.
by By Georgi Azar

16 May 2018 | 20:18

Source: by Annahar

  • by By Georgi Azar
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 16 May 2018 | 20:18

President Michel Aoun heading the penultimate Cabinet session in the Baabda Presidential Palace on May 16, 2018 (NNA Photo)

BEIRUT: The Cabinet approved Wednesday a one-year extension of the Turkish-owned and operated Fatmagül and Orhan Bey power ships during a meeting at Baadba palace. One last meeting of the Cabinet is scheduled for Monday before the government enters caretaker mode, Social Affairs Minister Pierre Bou Assi said following the session. 

The first ship arrived in Beirut earlier in 2013 under a $370 million, three-year deal agreed between Lebanon's government and the Turkish energy company, Karadeniz Holding.

Lebanon's constitution stipulates that Cabinet can continue to convene before the current Parliament's term ends on May 21, with the new Parliament expected to meet on Tuesday, May 22. 

During the session, President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister Saad Hariri condemned the recent bloodshed in Gaza which killed over 60 Palestinian protesters. 

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil is also expected to travel to Turkey to take part in the summit called for as a show of solidarity with Palestinians after violence broke out in the wake of the U.S moving its embassy to Jerusalem Monday. 

The Cabinet also approved the expansion plans for Rafic Hariri International airport yet fail to agree on a draft law that eliminates the Brevet, the government exam that ninth-grade students take to determine whether they are admitted into secondary school next year.

It also approved the licensing of the St. George University in Beirut as well as the Council for Reconstruction and Development's third phase of the Roumieh-Beit Merri roadwork project. 


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