Aoun greets supporters as they gather in front of the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Armed with an overwhelming local, regional and international support, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Sunday got down to the challenging nitty-gritty of forming a national accord Cabinet after wrapping up two days of "positive" consultations with rival political factions.Hariri met Sunday night with Lebanese Forces chief Samir Geagea, with whom he discussed the ongoing attempts to form a new government, his office said.Hariri met with Aoun at Baabda Palace Saturday to brief him on the outcome of two days of consultations with various parliamentary blocs on the formation of a new government. The head of the Future Movement, who did not speak to reporters after meeting Aoun, sounded optimistic about forming a government.Rival politicians have called for facilitating the Cabinet formation.In addition to gaining a sweeping mandate from internal parties to form a new government, Hariri has also received the support of the international community.
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