A pro-Syrian Druze politician Wiam Wahhab carries a coffin of his supporter during his funeral in the village of al-Jahiliya, Lebanon December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho
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The weekend's security incident that led to the death of a bodyguard of pro-Syrian politician Wiam Wahhab in the Chouf village of Jahilieh should serve as an incentive for the swift formation of a new government, politicians from various blocs said Monday.This came as throngs of people, including delegations from Hezbollah, the Free Patriotic Movement and MP Talal Arslan's Lebanese Democratic Party visited Jahilieh to offer condolences to Wahhab, the head of the Tawhid Party, for the death of Mohammad Abou Diab.The Jahilieh incident threatened to plunge the country into a new bout of sectarian strife amid rising tensions between Wahhab's supporters and those of his Druze rival, Walid Joumblatt, the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, in the Chouf district.Hariri's attempts to form a new Cabinet have most recently been bogged down by a demand by six pro-Hezbollah Sunni MPs for representation.MP Abdel-Rahim Mrad, one of the six MPs, reiterated the demand for representation in the next government.
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