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Late-night contacts have revived hopes for forming a new Cabinet, hours after a dispute over the Interior Ministry portfolio between the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition and the Future Movement delayed the birth of the government, political sources said Friday.The Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition's rejection of the Future Movement's nomination of retired Internal Security Forces chief Maj. Gen. Ashraf Rifi for the sovereign Interior Ministry earlier in the day appeared to have thwarted the Cabinet formation efforts. Contacts between the rival political factions late Friday night focused on naming a more moderate Future candidate for the Interior Ministry, while allotting a different ministerial post to Rifi, the sources said. Hours before Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam was supposed to present an all-embracing Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup to President Michel Sleiman Friday morning, the Future Movement proposed the name of Rifi for the Interior Ministry.
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