This file photo shows Hezbollah Deputy Head Sheikh Naim Qassem displaying finger covered with purple ink after voting in parliamentary elections on May 6, 2018. (The Daily Star/ Mohammad Azakir)
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A week after Saad Hariri was designated with a sweeping parliamentary majority to form a new government, political rivals Wednesday began horse-trading and jockeying in a bid to grab a bigger share of Cabinet posts, a development that could hamper Hariri's attempts to form the government rapidly.Hezbollah and the Amal Movement won all but one of the 27 parliamentary seats allotted to the Shiite sect in the May 6 legislative elections.The two main Shiite parties can, along with their allies, muster a bloc of 45 MPs in the newly elected 128-member legislature. Former MP Walid Joumblatt, leader of the Progressive Socialist Party, seemed adamant that the PSP's parliamentary Democratic Gathering bloc obtain three ministerial posts reserved for the Druze in a 30-member Cabinet.Joumblatt's demand was seen as an attempt to prevent his Druze rival, MP Talal Arslan, from being named minister in the new government.Arlsan, who heads a four-member bloc in the Aley-Chouf district rivaling Joumblatt's bloc, has insisted on being represented in the government with one Druze minister.
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