File - Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra)
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Talks of a compromise over the Energy Ministry portfolio has revived hopes of breaking the 10-month political deadlock over the formation of a new Cabinet, a March 8 coalition source told The Daily Star Thursday.Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam has proposed allotting the Energy Ministry portfolio to MP Michel Aoun's Change and Reform parliamentary bloc to ensure the lawmaker's participation in an all-embracing government, the source said. The source, however, noted that other items, such as the selection of a candidate for the Interior Ministry, needed to be resolved before Salam could move ahead with forming his Cabinet.According to the source, Salam's proposal stipulates the Energy Ministry post be given to a Change and Reform bloc figure other than Bassil, allowing Aoun to retain the post.
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