President Michel Aoun and his wife inaugurate the Christmas village at the Casino du Liban, Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The head of General Security is set to meet with a group of six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs Tuesday in an eleventh-hour push to eliminate the last remaining hurdle to the formation of a new government ahead of the holiday season, political sources said."Once this is done, we will then name an independent candidate to represent the Consultative Gathering [the group of six MPs] in the new Cabinet, who does not belong to any bloc, and not even be a part of the president's share," Sukkarieh added. Ibrahim, known for his successful mediation efforts in the past to settle internal political conflicts, is acting in tandem with President Michel Aoun's initiative launched last week with the aim of resolving the issue of representing the six MPs in the new government. A meeting between Aoun and Hariri, deemed "crucial" for breaking the Cabinet stalemate, was not held Monday as widely expected, apparently to allow more time for mediation efforts to agree on a compromise solution to the six MPs' representation problem.The demand for representation by the six MPs has held up the Cabinet formation since late October. Hezbollah MP Nawaf Musawi said the recognition of the six MPs' right to representation in the next Cabinet is the key to resolving the problem.
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