File - FPM leader Michel Aoun, left, shakes hands with Patriarch Beshara Rai in Bkirki, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai warned Tuesday that a fait accompli government would plunge Lebanon into further turmoil, as the Future Movement said the formation of a national unity Cabinet hinged on MP Michel Aoun's agreement to the rotation of ministerial portfolios.Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, head of the parliamentary Future bloc, said the Cabinet crisis marked time with no solution in sight, blaming the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition and Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement for rejecting the principle of rotating ministerial portfolios among sects and parties in an all-embracing government based on an 8-8-8 lineup.Aoun's opposition to rotating ministerial portfolios has stymied Salam's attempts to form a Cabinet with an 8-8-8 lineup.Aoun, after meeting Rai in Bkirki Sunday, had promised to talk about the Cabinet crisis Tuesday after chairing a weekly meeting of his parliamentary Change and Reform bloc.Instead, MP Ibrahim Kanaan from Aoun's bloc spoke to reporters, focusing mainly on the Bkirki's National Charter announced by Rai last week, without touching on the issue of ministerial rotation.
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