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With most parliamentary blocs having expressed ambitions for Cabinet representation in consultations with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri this week, concerns have been raised over the size of the forthcoming Cabinet amid calls to curb fiscal waste.Some officials openly called for a 32-member Cabinet – among them Tashnag Party head MP Hagop Pakradounian and Strong Lebanon bloc head MP Gebran Bassil, who asked that smaller sects, such as the Syriacs and Alawites, be represented as well.Eight ministers of state were appointed to the current 30-member caretaker government, formed in 2016 .The eight ministers of state of the caretaker government thus set the state treasury back LL828,000,000 ($552,000) each year.Reflecting on the 17 Cabinets formed since the Taif Accord, Chamseddine said that the first such government – headed by former Prime Minister Salim Hoss – included only 14 ministers.Lawmakers who serve two terms receive 65 percent, and those who serve three or more terms receive 75 percent.
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