Lebanon cabinet convened in a regular meeting on Wednesday at the Presidential Palace and approved a list of security, military and judicial appointments appointing a new Army chief Joseph Aoun replacing Gen. Jean Qahwaji.
President Michel Aoun chaired the meeting in the presence of PM Saad Hariri and the ministers.
The cabinet made a list of appointments the most important were: Maj. Gen. Joseph Aoun as Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces replacing Gen. Jean Qahwaji, Maj. Gen. Imad Othman as Commander of the Internal Security Forces, Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim will resign from the military and will stay in office until the age of 64 the retirement age for civilians, Brig. Gen.Tony Saliba as Director General of the State Security and Samir Sanan as Deputy.
Another list of appointments included Asaad al-Tfaili as chairman of the Supreme Council of Customs, Director General of Customs Badri Daher, Head of the Central Inspection Panel George Attieh, Secretary General of the Higher Council for Defense Saadallah al-Hamad
The cabinet has also approved a special draft law on tax provisions relating to petroleum activities.
Ahead of the session Aoun and Hariri held a closed door meeting and discusses the latest developments in the country.
Before he joined the meeting, Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil said: “An agreement was reached on tax provisions related to petroleum. It will approved today.”
State Minister for Parliament Affairs Ali Qanso said: “There will be no surprises at the level of appointments today because there is a consensus on the matter.”