FPM Michel Aoun speaks during a press conference in Rabieh, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014. (The Daily Star/Charbel Nakhoul)
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Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam is expected to meet President Michel Sleiman in the next 48 hours to decide the fate of a new Cabinet after mediation attempts to agree on a national unity government failed to clinch a deal, political sources said Tuesday.The planned Sleiman-Salam meeting, deemed crucial to ending the 10-month-old Cabinet deadlock, comes shortly after Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun warned the two leaders against forming a fait accompli government, closing the door to the formation of an all-embracing Cabinet, unless his bloc retains the Energy Ministry, currently held by his son-in-law, Gebran Bassil.Commenting on Aoun's stance, a political source said the FPM leader had blocked the way for consensus on an all-embracing Cabinet.Aoun took a tough stance on the Cabinet crisis Tuesday, accusing Salam of violating the Constitution with his threat to form a fait accompli government. He called on Salam to step down after failing to form a new Cabinet since he was appointed on April 6 . Aoun is adamant that Bassil retain the Energy Ministry in the new Cabinet, along with another sovereign portfolio to be allotted to his bloc.
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