Hariri receives Jumblatt in Beirut, Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri held more talks Wednesday aimed at speeding up the formation of a new Cabinet as politicians cited progress that could lead to the birth of a government next week.Hariri met at his Downtown Beirut residence with MP Walid Jumblatt Wednesday night as part of his ongoing consultations with political leaders on the formation of a national accord government. Jumblatt, head of the 11-member parliamentary Democratic Gathering bloc, was accompanied by MP Marwan Hamade, one of three Druze politicians widely tipped to join the new government.Berri, according to MPs who met him, sounded optimistic that a national accord Cabinet could be formed before Independence Day on Nov. 22 and wants the new government to fight corruption and pass an electoral law.Khreis, one of 18 MPs who saw Berri during the speaker's weekly meeting with lawmakers at his Ain al-Tineh residence, said Hariri is currently working to form a 30-member national accord government representing all the rival political parties.
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