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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Sources familiar with the Cabinet formation issue reported an air of optimism, saying the latest consultations between political parties and President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam addressed the various formulas presented and are focusing on the 8-8-8 lineup.Eight would be centrists – three belonging to Sleiman, three to Salam and two to Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt – and the March 8 and March 14 parties would have a further five each.The sources indicated that the president's candidates would consist of former Minister of State Khalil Hrawi, a political adviser to Sleiman who would be made defense minister; caretaker Deputy Prime Minister Samir Moqbel, who would stay in his current post; and military adviser Abdul-Mutallab Hanawi, who would become either a minister of state or head a a public services ministry.
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