President Michel Aoun speaks in Baabda, Wednesday, April 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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President Michel Aoun plans to make proposals to help resolve the monthslong government formation crisis after consulting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri next week, official sources said Friday.The FPM-LF war of words, involving LF leader Samir Geagea and FPM head and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, and officials from both parties, is bound to further complicate Hariri's mission to resolve the problems of Christian representation in the new government, one of two major hurdles, in addition to the representation of the Druze sect, hindering the Cabinet formation.LF ministers and lawmakers have blamed Bassil for the Cabinet formation standoff, accusing him of seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining a significant Cabinet share based on the results of the May 6 parliamentary elections, when the party nearly doubled its number of MPs to 15 seats.Speaking in an interview with MTV Wednesday night, Geagea accused Bassil of obstructing the government's formation by rejecting that the LF be allocated five ministers.Bassil was reported to be seeking 11 ministers for the FPM and Aoun's share, which would grant him veto power in a 30-member government.
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