Newly-elected Lebanese President Michel Aoun, right, walks next to Lebanese Parliament speaker Nabih Berri, left, as they leave the parliament building, in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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Hezbollah has warned that no government will be formed without the Marada Movement being assigned a key ministerial portfolio, political sources said Tuesday, in the latest complication facing Premier-designate Saad Hariri's attempts to set up a national accord Cabinet.The difficulties facing the government formation figured high in a new round of talks between senior officials of Hezbollah and the Future Movement after which the two sides called for a speedy formation of a new Cabinet.Hezbollah's tough position on the Cabinet formation comes as Hariri is encountering major obstacles in trying to set up national unity government. The rival parties jockeying for key ministerial portfolios, namely the Telecommunications, Energy and Public Works, is presenting Hariri with difficulties that are delaying the formation of a 24-member national accord Cabinet.Lebanese Forces, which is allied with Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement and Hariri's Future Movement, is also demanding the Public Works Ministry, in addition to other portfolios.Noting that the LF has dropped its demand for a "sovereign" ministerial post as a way of facilitating the task of Aoun and Hariri, Geagea said his party's promised share in the new government is the post of the deputy prime minister, the Public Works, Information, Social Affairs and Tourism portfolios.
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