Lebanese Prime Minister and chairperson of the Future Movement, Saad Hariri, visits the southern Lebanese city of Marjayoun on April 13, 2018. / AFP / Ali DIA
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Hariri will be firm favorite to form next govt: sourcesAlthough his Future Movement's parliamentary bloc is likely to see the number of its MPs relatively reduced in next month's elections, Prime Minister Saad Hariri will be the firm favorite to form Lebanon's next government, ministerial sources said Monday. The Future bloc is currently the largest in Parliament with 32 MPs.Lebanon is set to hold its first parliamentary elections in nine years on May 6 under a new voting system based on proportional representation, dividing Lebanon into 15 districts and adding preferential voting. The ministerial source said that President Michel Aoun's parliamentary Change and Reform bloc, which currently has 19 MPs and is headed by Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, would emerge from the elections with sufficient parliamentary seats that would ultimately make it the "tipping point" in the 128-member legislature. Justice Minister Salim Jreissati concurred with Berri that any measures to pass and implement the amnesty would occur after the elections.
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