File - Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, left, talking with former Prime Minister Saad Hariri in Beirut. (AP Photo)
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The Future Movement scrambled Tuesday to address reservations by two major Christian parties over the formation of a Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup, as sources close to Prime Minister-designate Tammam Salam spoke of a major breakthrough in the nine-month government stalemate.Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri consulted by phone separately with Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea and Metn Kataeb Party MP Sami Gemayel on latest developments concerning the Cabinet formation efforts. During their one-hour phone conversation, Hariri and Geagea stressed the need for March 14 unity, particularly on the Cabinet formation, the National News Agency reported. The source said former Prime Minister Fouad Siniora, who met Salam Monday following talks with Speaker Nabih Berri, had conveyed the Future Movement's "positive stance" on the proposed 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup.Berri and Siniora also sounded upbeat regarding the government formation efforts.Berri and Jumblatt have spearheaded the political campaign to promote an 8-8-8 Cabinet lineup, in which the March 8 and March 14 parties would each get eight ministers, with "decisive ministers" allotted for each side among the remaining eight ministerial portfolios set for centrists.
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