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The Lebanese government appointed General Joseph Aoun as new army commander. (NNA)

The Lebanese government appointed on Wednesday a new army commander to replace General Jean Qahwaji.

President Michel Aoun signed the decree that appoints Major General Joseph Aoun as the new military chief.

He also signed a decree appointing General Saadallah Muheiddine al-Hamad as general secretary of the Higher Defense Council, replacing Major General Mohammed Kheir.

The two decrees were signed by Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Defense Minister Yaacoub al-Sarraf and Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil.

The cabinet also approved during its cabinet session numerous security and military appointments that had been at the heart of political disputes between the various rival blocs in Lebanon for over a year.

Later on Wednesday, President Aoun held talks at the presidential palace with Major General Aoun who thanked him for his appointment as the new army commander.