Prime Minister Saad Hariri heads a Cabinet session at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Attempts to break the monthslong government formation stalemate intensified Monday with a flurry of consultations following Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's return from the Eid al-Adha holiday, amid slim chances of reaching an imminent solution as political rivals stick to their demands for Cabinet shares.Riachi, one of three LF ministers in the outgoing Cabinet, also handed Hariri an invitation from LF leader Samir Geagea to attend a Mass to be held Sept. 9 by the LF at Geagea's residence in Maarab to commemorate the "martyrs of the Lebanese resistance" killed during the 1975-1990 Civil War, according to a statement released by Hariri's media office.Obstacles to the government formation were discussed during a meeting between Berri and former MP Walid Joumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, who refused to budge on his demand for naming the three Druze ministers in the new government.Joumblatt rejected talk about a Druze hurdle blocking the government formation and defended the LF demand for significant Cabinet representation.
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