Kabbani hosts a lunch for Hariri in Beirut, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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A breakthrough in the government formation deadlock could be imminent as Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is expected to present President Michel Aoun with a proposed lineup by the end of the week, sources close to Speaker Nabih Berri said Thursday night.Earlier in the day, Hariri denied he was taking his time and said discussions with political parties on the matter were set to end within days.His comments came in response to remarks made by Berri to local daily Al-Akhbar criticizing Hariri for delays in the formation of Cabinet. Hariri has presented the president with a preliminary proposal to form a 30-member Cabinet representing all the main political parties, but it didn't go into specific names or portfolios.In 2009, it took Hariri 135 days to form a Cabinet, while it took him just 45 days in 2016 .Hariri responded to Berri, saying he wasn't aware of why things should be done hastily. Hariri added the different political parties have many demands but that they will be toned down later on.
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