Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri smiles during an interview with Paula Yacoubian in Paris, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/HO)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday he was driven by his worries about Lebanon drifting into instability to join Hezbollah in a coalition government with the aim of containing a long-simmering political conflict after the March 8 coalition backtracked on its demand for veto power.In a wide-ranging interview with Future TV, Hariri said Hezbollah and its March 8 allies would not have veto power in a new Cabinet, and pledged not to compromise over the Future Movement's rejection of the party's tripartite defense formula of the Army, the people and the resistance".Hezbollah has refused to hand over five party members suspected of involvement in Hariri's killing.Hariri scoffed at charges that his agreement to share power with Hezbollah in a coalition government was designed to cover the party's military involvement in Syria. Hariri's remarks come amid rising hopes that a new Cabinet based on an 8-8-8 lineup could be formed this week, ending a 10-month-old deadlock.Hariri also denied he was abandoning his allies in the March 14 camp and moving toward a four-way ruling political alliance made up of Hezbollah, Amal, the Progressive Socialist Party and his Future Movement.
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