Sleiman meets Abu Faour as part of efforts to resolve the rotation problem.
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Progress in efforts to resolve Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun's opposition to the rotation of key ministerial portfolios could pave the way for the formation of an all-embracing Cabinet soon, political sources said Wednesday.Political sources close to the FPM told The Daily Star that Aoun has resigned himself to the inevitable rotation of key ministerial portfolios among sects. The sources said that talks were ongoing to agree with Aoun on the ministerial portfolios his party would get in return for his cooperation. Other sources in the FPM said that during a meeting this week between Progressive Socialist Party head Walid Jumblatt and caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, the PSP leader explained that it would be difficult to violate the agreement reached on rotating ministerial portfolios. In a news conference Tuesday, Aoun said he would only accept the rotation of ministerial portfolios held by the FPM – the Energy Ministry and Telecommunications Ministry – in a Cabinet formed after new parliamentary elections, scheduled in November, were held.
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