FPM leader Michel Aoun is seen in Rabieh, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul, HO)
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Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun's opposition to the rotation of key ministerial portfolios is impeding Tammam Salam's efforts to form a new government following a major breakthrough in the 10-month Cabinet stalemate, sources close to the premier-designate said Tuesday.Aoun said he would accept the rotation of ministerial portfolios held by his parliamentary Change and Reform bloc in a Cabinet only after new parliamentary elections, scheduled in November, are held.Sources at Baabda Palace said Sleiman was determined to form a Cabinet before the end of February, including representatives of Aoun's bloc with portfolios chosen for them by the president and Salam.If Aoun's ministers resign after the Cabinet formation decree is issued, they would be replaced, the sources said, ruling out the Hezbollah-Amal Movement's solidarity with Aoun. But FPM sources said such an adventure would topple the Cabinet even if the two Shiite parties did not support Aoun, because the absence of Aoun, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and probably the Kataeb Party would make the Cabinet lose its constitutionality. However, Aoun said he was happy with the Cabinet formula reached to represent all the political parties.
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