File - Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam speaks during a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Thursday, April 11, 2013. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra)
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This week promises to be crucial for the 10-month-old Cabinet crisis leading to the formation of either a national unity government, or a fait accompli Cabinet with all the dire consequences this entails, political sources said Monday.The development comes as mediation attempts have so far failed to untangle the knot over the rotation of key ministerial portfolios among sects and parties in a national unity Cabinet, thus leaving President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam with two options: A neutral, nonpartisan government, or an all-embracing political government without the blessing of MP Michel Aoun. Caretaker Social Affairs Minister Wael Abu Faour, who has been shuttling between Sleiman, Salam and Speaker Nabih Berri in a bid to facilitate the birth of a new Cabinet, signaled that a fait accompli government could soon be formed after intensive efforts had failed to make Aoun, the leader of the Free Patriotic Movement, soften his opposition to the rotation of ministerial portfolios.While a deal over an 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup was reached by Berri, Jumblatt and the Future Movement, the government formation has been stalled by Aoun's opposition to the rotation of ministerial portfolios, which is upheld by Salam and backed by Sleiman and Berri.
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