President Michel Sleiman, left, receives Prime Minister designate Tammam Salam at the Presidential Palace in Beirut, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. (The Daily Star/Baabda)
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A tug-of-war over key ministerial portfolios is threatening to delay the formation of a new government, political sources said Sunday, as Hezbollah welcomed former Prime Minister Saad Hariri's new stance on the Cabinet crisis.In another speech Saturday, Bassil praised Hariri's readiness to join a Cabinet with Hezbollah, saying this could pave the way for national understandings in the country.The deal, suggested by Berri and Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, will most likely involve Hariri's Future Movement, the Hezbollah-led March 8 alliance and Jumblatt's bloc.Hezbollah also welcomed Hariri's remarks but said the policy statement needed to be addressed after the Cabinet formation not before as demanded by the March 14 coalition. "Any Cabinet that will be formed should be backed by political consensus of March 14 and should have a prior and clear formulation of the policy statement," Geagea said Saturday. He said his party would not join any Cabinet that did not adopt the Baabda Declaration in its policy statement
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