Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, right, receives U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale in Beirut, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam intends to form a fait accompli government after intensive efforts failed to resolve the row over the rotation of key ministerial portfolios in a national unity Cabinet, political sources said Friday.The source said there was "a slim chance" the ongoing consultations between Salam and the Hezbollah-led March 8 coalition would soften Aoun's stance on rotating key ministerial portfolios.Aoun has demanded that Bassil retain the Energy Ministry in the new Cabinet, in addition to another sovereign ministerial portfolio to be allotted to his bloc.FPM sources denied that any negotiations were being held to clinch a deal over a national unity Cabinet.Because the negotiations have reached a dead end, the sources said they expected the new Cabinet decrees to be issued by the president would give Aoun a considerable share of ministerial portfolios as promised by Sleiman and Salam. MP Mohammad Raad, head of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc, warned against attempts to exclude Aoun's bloc from the new Cabinet.
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