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Prime Minister Saad Hariri Sunday formed a 30-member national accord government, announcing the Cabinet's main task would be formulating a new electoral law, overseeing parliamentary polls and preserving Lebanon's security.Cabinet Secretary-General Fouad Flayfel announced the formation decrees and revealed the lineup for the new Cabinet.Hariri was appointed on Nov. 3, following the Oct. 31 election of President Michel Aoun.Hariri headed to the Baabda Palace Sunday evening to meet with Aoun, where they were later joined by Speaker Nabih Berri. Despite this, the Kataeb Party opted out of the government after it was only offered a position of minister of state.Five new ministerial posts were established for the expanded Cabinet: minister of state for refugee affairs, minister of state for combating corruption, minister of state for presidency affairs, minister of state for women's affairs and minister of state for human rights.The Cabinet will be convening for the first time Wednesday whereupon a group photo will be taken.
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