Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri speaks during a press conference with the German Chancellor at his office in the capital Beirut on June 22, 2018 during her official visit to Lebanon. / AFP / Anwar AMRO
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is conferring with all the parties behind the scenes in a bid to overcome two major hurdles over the representation of the Druze and the Lebanese Forces that are still blocking the formation of a new government, political sources said Sunday.Lebanese Forces' caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi met with Hariri Sunday night for the second time in two days at the premier-designate's Downtown Beirut residence, in the latest of their talks to resolve the problem of the LF representation in the new government.Ministerial sources familiar with the Cabinet formation process said efforts were underway to distribute the shares of a 30-member Cabinet among major blocs as follows: three ministers for the president; seven ministers for the FPM's Strong Lebanon bloc; five ministers, in addition to the prime minister, for Hariri's Future Movement; four ministers for the LF, excluding the position of the deputy premier; two Druze ministers for Joumblatt, in addition to a third "consensual and nonpartisan" minister; six ministers for the Amal Movement and Hezbollah; and one minister for the Marada Movement."We are calling for a national unity government because this will allow everyone to be represented," Sheikh Naim Qassem said.He said the swift formation of a new government was in everyone's interest and that his group opposed excluding anyone from the new government.
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