Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri at his residence in Beirut, Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is using backstage diplomacy in his attempts to form an all-embracing national unity government very soon, political sources said Thursday.Two members of Hariri's parliamentary Future bloc sounded optimistic that obstacles hindering the Cabinet formation would be eliminated soon to clear the way for the government's birth after Eid al-Fitr.than adopt the controversial tripartite equation: "The Army, the people and the resistance," adopted by previous governments and upheld by Hezbollah and its allies, but staunchly opposed by the Future Movement and the LF and their allies, Hariri's caretaker Cabinet had approved a policy statement that stressed the "right of Lebanese citizens to resist Israeli occupation, repulse [Israel's] aggressions and recover occupied territories".Days after he was reappointed on May 24 with a sweeping parliamentary majority to form a new government for the third time, Hariri has sounded hopeful about forming a new Cabinet "very fast" to meet internal and external challenges.Among major obstacles facing Hariri in his attempts to form the new government are the ongoing struggle over Christian representation between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces, and the problem of Druze representation amid insistence by former MP Walid Joumblatt, the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, that the PSP's parliamentary Democratic Gathering bloc obtain the three ministerial posts reserved for the Druze in a 30-member Cabinet, a political source told The Daily Star.
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