Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil meet at Hariri's Center House, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra)
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Barring last-minute hitches, a 30-member national unity Cabinet is set to be announced by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Friday night following a meeting with six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs at Baabda Palace, official sources said Wednesday.The MPs, whose demand for representation has stalled the Cabinet formation since late October, are to meet with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace before they are joined later by Hariri, the source said.The source added that the premier-designate's meeting would be capped by the issuance of the Cabinet lineup decrees by Aoun and Hariri.His meeting with the six Sunni MPs not affiliated with the Future Movement is part of a five-point deal reached by General Security chief Maj. Gen. Abbas Ibrahim during his "successful" talks with the MPs Tuesday that resolved the last remaining hurdle to the Cabinet formation. Ibrahim also met with Hagop Pakradounian, head of the Tashnag Party, and caretaker Tourism Minister Avedis Guidanian, and discussed a last-minute snag over Armenian representation in the next government between the Tashnag Party and the Lebanese Forces.
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