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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Caretaker Energy Minister Gebran Bassil stood firm Sunday on his party's opposition to rotating ministerial portfolios based on party and sect in the next Cabinet, arguing that it would deprive Christians in Lebanon from heading one of the country's primary ministries.During a televised news conference, Bassil also said the Energy Ministry should be entrusted to Christians given that it restored their role and ensured their presence in the country. The Future Movement has said that one of its conditions to joining a new government with Hezbollah is the rotation of ministerial portfolios based on party and sect.Bassil, Aoun's son-in-law, argued that the policy of rotating ministerial portfolios in a government with a short life would be deleterious to the work of sate institutions and ministries in the country.Bassil said Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam was allocating ministries in a manner that addressed the needs and concerns of certain sects, excluding Christians.
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