File - An image grab taken from al-Manar TV on May 14, 2018, shows the leader the Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah movement Hassan Nasrallah giving a televised speech at an unknown location on May 14, 2018. "AFP PHOTO / AL-MANAR"
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Despite growing criticism of its role in the Cabinet formation process, Hezbollah does not appear to be willing to compromise over its support for a demand by independent Sunni lawmakers for representation, the last remaining hurdle to the formation, senior party officials said Wednesday.Hezbollah head Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah is expected to reaffirm the party's support for the Sunni MPs' representation in a speech he will deliver Saturday marking Hezbollah's "Martyr Day," thus ruling out any softening of the party's tough stance on this issue.The Cabinet formation has since been stalled by a last-minute snag over the issue of representing independent Sunni MPs.In a snub to Hezbollah's support for those Sunni MPs, the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc said Tuesday the demand by those MPs for representation in the Cabinet was impossible to meet and was intended to obstruct the formation.The six independent Sunni MPs stepped up their demand for representation in the new government, accusing Hariri of creating obstacles to the formation by rejecting their demand.
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