File - Premier-designate Tammam Salam appears during the Arab Women Forum's conference in the Four Seasons hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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A new government could be announced early next week following an agreement between the March 8 and March 14 political blocs and the president.However, if Berri does not consider the new government to be in violation of the National Pact, there is a possibility that the new Cabinet lineup will get a vote of confidence from Parliament because the March 14 bloc and Jumblatt's ministers can deliver the required votes.But sources well informed about the latest talks on the government's formation indicated that both Sleiman and Salam were working to get political cover from Berri for the new Cabinet, even if the speaker asks his ministers to resign. Aoun, on the other hand, wants to prevent a new government from being formed altogether.
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