File - Aoun and Hariri gesture at the end of a press conference at Hariri s Downtown Beirut residence, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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With a government expected to be formed within the next 48 hours, focus has shifted to the ministerial statement that will spell out the political and economic policies of Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's new Cabinet.As for Hariri's third government, it is anticipated that he will meet Friday with President Michel Aoun and the six pro-Hezbollah Sunni MPs that have been blocking government formation.The source said that Hariri would then consult with Aoun before meeting with the six MPs in the presence of the president.A Hezbollah MP confirmed to The Daily Star that Adra was close to Berri. However, Adra is reported to be closer to Aoun, Berri and Hariri than the pro-Hezbollah MPs. Asked when exactly Cabinet would be formed, Berri said: "Don't ask; things are moving". The speaker has only revealed the name of one of his three ministers -- Khalil, who will retain his post. After meeting Hariri, Tashnag head MP Hagop Pakradounian confirmed this.
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