Future movement bloc MPs attend a meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The Future Movement Wednesday demanded answers to five questions before accepting a new Cabinet proposal based on an 8-8-8 lineup, centering mainly on the government's policy statement and a March 8 demand for veto power – two divisive issues that could unravel the ongoing Cabinet formation negotiations.Future MP Nuhad Mashnouq, who spelled out the conditions during an interview with Future TV, said his bloc could not adopt a final stance on the 8-8-8 Cabinet proposal before it received clear answers to these questions. We have not yet received answers to the five questions," Mashnouq said.He said that the Future bloc has sent questions to those involved in the Cabinet formation process, including Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam, concerning: the shape of the government; a blocking third, or veto power; the Cabinet's policy statement; rotation of all ministerial portfolios; and the right of the president and the prime minister-designate for "fair veto" to reject any name proposed. Likewise, Mashnouq said the Future bloc would not accept Hezbollah's tripartite equation "The Army, the people and the resistance" currently enshrined in the caretaker Cabinet's policy statement.Earlier Wednesday, the parliamentary Future bloc reiterated its demand for a nonpartisan government, while Speaker Nabih Berri warned again of the negative consequences of a fait accompli government, saying that contacts were ongoing to narrow differences between the March 8 and March 14 parties over an 8-8-8 Cabinet proposal.The Future bloc renewed its demand for forming a new Cabinet whose members do not belong to political parties.
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