Hariri leaves the Parliament in Beirut, Monday, May 28, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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In line with recent stances taken by top Lebanese officials, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri struck an upbeat tone Monday on the prospect of a speedy formation of a government representative of the country's various components.Hariri added that the share of ministers traditionally designated by the president and the prime minister would not impair a new government's formation.As for how big the new Cabinet might be, Hariri said some advised a government of 30 or 32 ministers, while some proposed as few as a 10- or 16-member Cabinet.Shortly after, speaking on behalf the Lebanese Forces-backed Strong Republic bloc, MP George Adwan said the bloc should be represented in the Cabinet as part of Aoun's share of ministries.The president is customarily given the right to nominate ministers close to him to Cabinet roles.The LF and the FPM have recently scuffled over their respective shares in government, with the FPM insisting that representation in Cabinet should reflect the size of the bloc.
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