File - Lebanese President Michel Sleiman speaks during a ceremony in Beirut, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Sleiman said he has yet to receive an official response from Free Patriotic Movement leader Michel Aoun regarding his participation in the new government.Aoun Tuesday warned Sleiman and Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam against forming a fait accompli government, while 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.Sleiman said he was generally satisfied with the government formation process.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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