File - Prime Minister Tammam Salam, right, meets with FPM leader Michel Aoun at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament Website, HO)
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All signs indicate that an all-embracing political government will not be formed soon given the unresolved row over the rotation of key ministerial portfolios, political sources said Monday."Contacts on the Cabinet formation have come to a halt in the absence of new proposals to break the monthslong deadlock".He added that Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's opposition to the ministerial rotation was behind the delay in announcing an all-embracing Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup. Aoun has refused to yield on his opposition to the concept of rotating ministerial portfolios in an all-embracing Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup.Sources close to Salam said no breakthrough had so far been made to announce the new Cabinet.However, Aoun and March 8 parties have warned of the consequences of forming a fait accompli government.Sleiman indirectly criticized Aoun over his rejection of the ministerial rotation, saying the delay in the formation of a new Cabinet was shameful.
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