MInister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Six Hezbollah-backed Sunni MPs who have demanded representation in the next Cabinet are sticking to their guns, having rejected a compromise from Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil, political sources said Thursday. Bassil's initiative, which was supported by Speaker Nabih Berri, had called for a compromise Sunni candidate to be named as a minister in the new Cabinet. The candidate would be part of President Michel Aoun's share and acceptable to both the six MPs and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri.Bassil, who is also the caretaker foreign minister, suggested that the MPs themselves submit a list of candidates for Hariri to choose one.Earlier Thursday, Bassil met with MP Adnan Traboulsi, one of the six pro-Hezbollah lawmakers.A source from Baabda Palace echoed what Bassil said about his meetings' purpose.
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