Minister Gebran Bassil speaks during a press conference in Beirut, Monday, June 4, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The struggle over Cabinet representation between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces showed no sign of abating Thursday after FPM head Gebran Bassil and the LF exchanged verbal jabs.Emboldened by its electoral performance, the LF has been seeking to widen its Cabinet representation.While the LF nearly doubled the size of its bloc from eight to 15 MPs, the FPM's bloc also increased in size to 29 with its allies.Bassil also said that the LF's current representation in Parliament dictated control of three ministries – while the FPM would not veto their taking four.The LF and FPM reached a landmark agreement in 2016, known as the Maarab Understanding, in which the LF had agreed to support Aoun in his bid for the presidency while receiving parity in government from the FPM in return.According to MTV, the Maarab agreement mandated equal ministerial representation between the LF and the FPM throughout all governments formed under Aoun – a point which LF MP George Adwan reiterated.Adwan said it was "not important," because the LF was not based on a single "personality".
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