Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri is seen in The Hague, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri struck an upbeat note on the formation of a new Cabinet Friday, saying he was ready to share power with Hezbollah in a coalition government to help stabilize Lebanon as it faces growing threats to its security from the war raging in Syria.His optimistic remarks are expected to seal a political deal involving mainly Hariri's Future Movement, the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance and MP Walid Jumblatt on an all-embracing government based on an 8-8-8 lineup as a compromise to break the 10-month Cabinet deadlock. Speaking to Reuters in The Hague, where he is attending the trial in absentia of four Hezbollah members indicted in the 2005 assassination of his father statesman Rafik Hariri, the former prime minister said he was "very optimistic" about reaching an agreement on a Cabinet with Hezbollah's participation. The party has refused to hand over the five Hezbollah members indicted in the Hariri assassination.The Future Movement and its March 14 allies have refused to join Hezbollah in any Cabinet before it withdraws its fighters from Syria and abides by the Baabda Declaration.
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