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After Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's expected return from Saudi Arabia this weekend, serious negotiations with the country's major political constituencies will resume in a bid to accelerate government formation, much-needed to secure political and economic stability.The country's top leaders have repeatedly voiced the need to accelerate the formation of a new government to face internal and external challenges and bolster stability, in the wake of parliamentary elections last month and consultations led by Hariri with political blocs and members of Parliament on the size and shape of the new government.Aoun downplayed the ongoing wrangling between rival Christian parties the FPM and the Lebanese Forces over the size of their Cabinet representation and which key ministerial posts each will get.The LF-FPM rift was in part a result of the former boosting its bloc from eight to 15 MPs in the elections, and the FPM securing a strong 29-member bloc.The LF has three ministries in the current caretaker government.Alain Aoun refused to discuss the number of portfolios each party should get, saying it was up to Hariri to decide in consultation with the president.
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