Hariri receives Geagea in his Downtown Beirut residence, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to present President Michel Aoun with a draft Cabinet formula later this week after holding another round of talks with parliamentary blocs, official sources said Wednesday.Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, who discussed with Aoun the difficulties facing the formation of a new government, quoted the president as saying he was optimistic and was waiting for Hariri's draft.Asked to comment on a reported rift between the president and the prime minister-designate over the issue of prerogatives in the government formation, Rai said: "The president has been clear, stressing that the prime minister-designate is the one who forms the government and later he presents his Cabinet lineup to the president who will approve it and sign it.As the Cabinet crisis drags, the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc Tuesday warned against attempts to undermine the 2016 political settlement that led to Aoun's election as president and brought Hariri back to the premiership through constitutional interpretations aimed at setting a deadline for the government formation.
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