Berri receives Jumblatt in Beirut, Sunday, May 20, 2018. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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With the term of the current Parliament ending midnight Monday Lebanon is set to enter a new political phase this week, with the election of the speaker and a final Cabinet meeting before the government enters caretaker status.Both Ferzli, a former deputy speaker, and Bou Saab are part of the Free Patriotic Movement's Strong Lebanon bloc, while Nassar is a member of Lebanese Forces' Strong Republic bloc.Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Joumblatt said Sunday that the Democratic Gathering parliamentary bloc, which is affiliated to his Progressive Socialist Party, would support Berri for re-election.Prime Minister Saad Hariri's government is slated to hold a final meeting before Hariri resigns and the government moves to serve in a caretaker capacity.TURNThe real challenge begins after the election of a speaker, where Aoun will call for binding consultations with parliamentary blocs to discuss their choice for forming the new government, with Hariri expected to be designated.Nevertheless, Hariri Saturday said that he thinks the formation of a government might not take long, indicating that Hezbollah will be part of it.
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