MP.Tammam Salam appears during the Arab Women Forum's conference in the Four Seasons hotel in Beirut, Lebanon, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Discussions over the ministerial statement should be held after the formation of the government, Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam said in remarks published Monday, as Speaker Nabih Berri said he expects Cabinet to be formed this week.The prime minister-designate also said that attempts to impose conditions on the policy statement before the formation of the new government are "unconstitutional" and that such conditions put obstacles to the deal struck between the rival parties on the new government.Political sources told The Daily Star Sunday that although the March 14 coalition has gone back on its call for reaching an agreement on the Cabinet's policy statement prior to forming the Cabinet, the group still insists on having a clear text demanding that all parties adhere to the Baabda Declaration and oppose the "Army, people and resistance" tripartite.The sources said that if no agreement on the policy statement is reached once the Cabinet is formed, the government risks failing to gain a vote of confidence and thus becoming a caretaker Cabinet. Salam also said that contacts are underway to convince the rival political factions to facilitate the Cabinet formation and agree thereafter on the policy statement.
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