Hariri heads a Future bloc meeting in Beirut, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri remained firm Thursday in his opposition to Cabinet demands by pro-Hezbollah MPs as he faced blistering attacks from a former Syria-backed minister.Hariri was referring to the demand from six Sunni MPs, backed by Hezbollah along with Speaker Nabih Berri's Amal Movement, to be granted a ministry in the upcoming government.The six lawmakers have requested to sit down with Hariri in a bid to reach a resolution, but Hariri has refused to meet them.Hariri has persisted in rejecting the six MPs' demand on the grounds that they do not belong to a parliamentary bloc.Hariri previously said that he had agreed on one of the six Sunni ministers with Mikati. Political sources said that Hariri rejected the proposal. The sources said that a separate proposal to allow for Berri to give up a Shiite minister to Hariri in return for a Sunni minister to be granted to one of the six non-Future Sunni MPs was rejected by Berri.In another video that was circulated on social media Wednesday evening, Wahhab again appeared to blast Hariri, as well as his late father, without naming them.
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