Lebanese minister sparks row after extending term of security chief

June 4, 2015 20:05

BEIRUT - Lebanon's interior minister extended the term of the head of the internal security forces on Thursday without securing cross-party agreement, avoiding a vacuum at the top of a major security agency but triggering a political row.

Government in Lebanon has been largely paralyzed by the repercussions of the war in Syria. Lebanon's fractious politicians have been unable to make any major decisions, including important appointments in security agencies.

These include who will head the armed forces when General Jean Kahwaji's term expires in September.

In the absence of an agreement, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk decided to extend Major General Ibrahim Basbous's term as head of the Internal Security Forces for two years. His term was due to expire on Thursday evening.

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