MP Abdel-Rahim Mrad speaks after a meeting with Aoun in Baabda, Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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The toughening of Hezbollah's and the six Sunni MPs' positions is likely to further prolong the Cabinet formation crisis, now in its sixth month, amid staunch opposition by Hariri to name any of those MPs a minister in the next government from the Future Movement's share.Aoun has backed Hariri's position on the issue and a source at Baabda Palace said Aoun's stance on the issue has not changed following his meeting with the six MPs.Mrad vehemently rejected suggestions that a neutral Sunni figure acceptable to the six Sunni MPs and to Hariri be named a minister.In addition to Mrad, the group is also comprised of MP Walid Sukkarieh, a member of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc; MP Qassem Hashem, a member of Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc; and MPs Jihad al-Samad and Faisal Karami, members of a bloc that includes MPs from the Marada Movement.Mrad acknowledged the six MPs' alliance with Hezbollah.The MPs also plan to meet with Hariri and Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai.
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