MPs Strida Geagea and George Adwan leave the Parliament after meeting with Hariri in Beirut, Monday, May 28, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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As MPs and parliamentary bloc representatives emerged from meetings with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri over the Cabinet formation Monday, some declared their requests for particular ministerial portfolios, while others were reticent to reveal details of the discussions.Amal MovementSpeaking on behalf of Speaker Nabih Berri's Development and Liberation parliamentary bloc, Khalil called for a wider representation of women in Cabinet.The Amal Movement-led bloc suggested to Hariri that a quarter of Cabinet's seats be granted to women, Khalil said.MP Marada-affiliatedKhazen spoke on behalf of the newly formed National bloc that includes the Marada Movement and asked Hariri for two seats in Cabinet – one for a Christian minister and another for a Muslim minister, to reflect the bloc's diverse nature.Tashnag Party The leader of the Armenian Tashnag Party called for a larger Cabinet of 32 members, in which the Armenian community should be represented with two ministerial positions.
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