Hariri leads his bloc out of the room after meeting Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri's bloc will back Saad Hariri for the premiership, but Hezbollah's bloc will not, political sources said Wednesday, as the head of the Future Movement appeared certain to clinch an overwhelming parliamentary majority to be named the next prime minister.After having met with most of the major blocs, Aoun is scheduled to wrap up his talks on naming a prime minister Thursday by meeting with Berri's 13-member Development and Liberation bloc, Hezbollah's 13-member Loyalty to the Resistance bloc, the Armenian MPs' bloc, and a number of independent lawmakers before officially designating Hariri for the premiership post.Aoun began his consultations at Baabda Palace by meeting separately with caretaker Prime Minister Tammam Salam, Hariri and former premiers Najib Mikati and Fouad Siniora, all of whom named Hariri for prime minister.Aoun's 18-member Change and Reform bloc named Hariri for the premiership post, as did the Lebanese Forces' eight-member bloc, Metn MP Michel Murr and MP Nayla Tueni.In the afternoon consultations, outgoing Telecommunications Minister Boutros Harb, the five lawmakers from the Kataeb Party, Talal Arslan's bloc, MP Sleiman Frangieh's United Free Lebanon bloc (2 MPs) and MP Walid Jumblatt's Democratic Gathering bloc (11 MPs), also backed Hariri for prime minister.
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