Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri commended in remarks published Monday former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's efforts in facilitating the formation of a new government while the prime minister-designate set Jan. 20 as the most likely date for the birth of the new Cabinet.Hopes for the formation of a new Cabinet emerged last week after Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt campaigned for an 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup in which the March 8 and March 14 camps would each get eight ministers, with "decisive ministers" allotted to each side from the remaining eight ministerial portfolios designated for centrists.Salam also revealed that Jumblatt had asked him and President Michel Sleiman to give time for consultations before embarking on the formation of a neutral Cabinet as the pair had planned.
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