Sleiman and Salam conferred about portfolios for two hours at the Baabda Palace on Monday. (The Daily Star/Dalati&Nohra,HO)
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President Michel Sleiman and premier-designate Tammam Salam huddled for two hours Monday to deal with the thorny issue of ministerial portfolios and choose names of new ministers before announcing a Cabinet lineup widely expected this week.The Sleiman-Salam meeting at Baabda Palace signaled that the birth of an all-embracing Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup was imminent despite Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's rejection of Salam's eleventh-hour offer to reserve two key ministerial portfolios to the FPM in exchange for abandoning the Energy Ministry. A source close to the FPM told The Daily Star Sunday that Aoun had spurned Salam's take-it-or-leave-it offer, which proposes that in addition to the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Education or Public Works Ministry be allotted to the FPM in exchange for Aoun giving up the Energy portfolio.However, according to sources close to the government formation process, Bassil is to be named the education minister in the proposed Cabinet lineup, while caretaker Culture Minister Gaby Layon from the FPM, is to be named the foreign minister.If Salam goes ahead with forming an all-embracing political government based on an 8-8-8 lineup without the approval of Aoun, this risks the possibility of the FPM leader withdrawing his ministers from the Cabinet.
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