Hariri arrives at the Parliament in Beirut, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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The outcome of the first day of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's consultations with parliamentary blocs Friday reflected common demands by rival political factions for the swift formation of a national accord government.The feeling on the first day of consultations in Parliament was that the first government of President Michel Aoun would see the light of day before Independence Day on Nov. 22 .A day after he was designated by Aoun to form a new Cabinet after gaining the support of 112 MPs out of 126 MPs for the premiership, Hariri launched two days of consultations with parliamentary blocs in an attempt to reach a consensus on the shape of a government representing all parties.Hariri, 46, had served as prime minister from November 2009 to January 2011 .In the afternoon, Hariri met with Aoun's 18-member Change and Reform bloc, the five-member Kataeb bloc, MP Walid Jumbatt's 11-member bloc, MP Sleiman Frangieh's three-member bloc, and a number of independent MPs. MP Ibrahim Kanaan said that the election of Aoun as president, Hariri's return to the premiership and with Berri as Parliament speaker meant that the new presidential mandate is the era of the National Charter.
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