File - Caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Aoun is adamant that Bassil retain the Energy Ministry and that his bloc be given another sovereign ministerial portfolio, the source added.Bassil met Salam Monday to convey Aoun's opposition to the idea of rotating ministerial portfolios. But Salam's response was firm, saying that he cannot reserve the energy portfolio for Bassil, the source said. If Salam announces an 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup without Bassil retaining the energy portfolio, Aoun is expected to withdraw his ministers, the political source told The Daily Star.
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