Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a legislative session, Beirut, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri warned Sunday of dire consequences on a new electoral law entailed by a further delay in the formation of a government, as Hezbollah offered to cooperate with rival factions to speed up its formation.While Hezbollah played down major hurdles hindering the formation of a new government, sources in the Future Movement ruled out an imminent solution to the Cabinet formation, citing remaining differences over the representation of two rival Christian parties, the Lebanese Forces and the Marada Movement.In his most serious warning to date against marking time since former Prime Minister Saad Hariri was charged with forming a new Cabinet on Nov. 3, Berri underlined the importance of quickly forming a new government so that it can concentrate on drafting a new voting system to replace the controversial 1960 majoritarian law ahead of next year's parliamentary elections.The source added that the delay in the Cabinet formation reflected "tacit tension" between Aoun and Berri.
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