FILE - In this May 11, 2018 file photo, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks to his supporters after his bloc won 21 seats in the parliamentary elections, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, File)
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With efforts to form a new government being set to move up a gear this week following Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's return from visits to Moscow and Riyadh, the Free Patriotic Movement and the Progressive Socialist Party have reached a truce ending a fierce war of words over the Eid al-Fitr holiday that threatened to negatively affect the Cabinet formation process.A political source linked the PSP officials' harsh diatribe against Aoun to attempts by FPM leader and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to name MP Talal Arslan, PSP leader Walid Joumblatt's Druze rival, as a minister in the new government.by Joumblatt that the Democratic Gathering bloc obtain the three ministerial posts reserved for the Druze in a 30-member Cabinet.Joumblatt's demand was seen as an attempt to prevent Arslan from being named minister in the new government.Caretaker Defense Minister Yaacoub Sarraf, who is loyal to Aoun, hit back at Joumblatt.Caretaker Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh, a member of Joumblatt's parliamentary bloc, also criticized Aoun.
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