Sleiman, left, receives Salam at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Sleiman held separate talks with Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam and caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour over the Cabinet formation process at Baabda Palace.Hours before his meeting with the president, Salam and Speaker Nabih Berri met with Abu Faour who returned Tuesday from a two-day visit to Riyadh where he held talks with senior Saudi officials on the Cabinet formation efforts. Hezbollah MP Ali Fayyad said Abu Faour informed Berri that Saudi Arabia had no problem with Hezbollah's participation in the Cabinet, adding that the speaker was still waiting for final answers from Future Movement and the March 14 coalition.Rival political groups are close to reaching an agreement on an 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup proposed by Speaker Nabih Berri and Jumblatt in which the March 8 and March 14 parties would each get eight ministers, with "decisive ministers" allotted for each side among the remaining eight ministerial portfolios set for centrists.
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