Hariri meets Junblat. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Last week's U.S. sanctions against key Hezbollah leaders will not hinder the formation of a new government, but they might instead accelerate it, caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Tuesday.Hariri, who has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to be named premier by a majority of parliamentary blocs following the election of a new Parliament, also declared that the Future Movement had decided to prevent the party's MPs from also serving as Cabinet ministers.Hariri spoke to reporters after chairing the first meeting of Future's parliamentary bloc, whose 20 members were elected during the May 6 parliamentary polls.Meeting under Hariri, the parliamentary Future bloc announced it would support Berri's re-election as speaker.The bloc also decided to name Hariri for the premiership, MP Hadi Abul Hosn said after the meeting.The bloc's decision came shortly after Joumblatt held an ice-breaking meeting with Hariri following tensions linked to parliamentary elections.
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