Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri gestures as he talks at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon June 22, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo
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Armed with an imminent solution to the problem of Christian representation, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to step up consultations with rival leaders this week in an attempt to accelerate the formation of a new government, political sources said Sunday. Hariri will meet with officials from the Progressive Socialist Party to discuss Druze representation, after having met over the weekend with caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi, with whom he discussed the proposed solution to the problem of Christian representation in the new government, a political source close to the Cabinet formation process told The Daily Star. Sources at Baabda Palace said Hariri's efforts would now be centered on resolving the Druze representation problem after overcoming the Christian representation hurdle.Riachi, one of three LF ministers in Hariri's caretaker Cabinet, described his meeting with the prime minister-designate as "good".Ahead of his sit-down with Hariri Saturday, Riachi met with Berri, who was reported to be assisting the prime minister-designate in his attempts to form a national unity government representing all the political parties.
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