Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, right, receives Former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora in Beirut, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. (The Daily Star/Hasan Ibrahim, HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri and Future parliamentary bloc leader MP Fouad Siniora sounded upbeat Monday over the formation of the next government.Siniora's remarks raise hopes that a new government can be formed soon after rival groups agreed to make compromises and move forward with a 8-8-8 government lineup, initially proposed by Berri and MP Walid Jumblatt.Berri told a local daily in remarks published Monday that he supported Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam's proposal for the rotation of ministerial portfolios by parties and sect.Sleiman Monday urged rival leaders to speed up the negotiations over the formation of a new government, saying those who obstruct the ongoing contacts should be held accountable.
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