Berri heads the weekly meeting in Beirut, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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Two proposals to resolve the problem of representing six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs in the new government have failed to make any headway, dashing hopes of an imminent breakthrough in the monthslong Cabinet formation crisis, official sources said Wednesday. One of the proposals, part of caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's mediation attempt, is to represent the six parliamentarians from President Michel Aoun's share.The source said Aoun's share and that of the Free Patriotic Movement founded by him is 10 ministers in a 30-member Cabinet.Another proposal floated last week by Bassil as part of his mediation attempt to increase the new government from 30 to 32 ministers to allow for the representation of one of the six MPs appeared to unravel despite gaining the support of Berri.Hariri was reported to have opposed a 32-member Cabinet from the beginning, preferring a 30-member government.Bassil has been mediating at Aoun's request to resolve the issue.
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