Caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend a Cabinet session at Baabda, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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The leader of the Free Patriotic Movement said Friday the Lebanese Forces should not be allocated more than three ministers despite boosting its MPs from eight to 15 in the May elections, in the FPM's latest tough stance on the LF's Cabinet share that is likely to further complicate the government formation process.There was no immediate comment from Hariri on Bassil's remarks.Bassil's remarks drew a quick rebuke from the LF, which demanded five ministers or one third of the 15 ministerial posts set aside for Christians in a 30-member Cabinet.The LF rejected Bassil's proposed criterion of one minister for five MPs.Bassil welcomed Hariri's optimistic tone, saying he wished the government could be formed in the "next two days".Hariri has long been committed to forming such a government.Bassil emphatically denied accusations, made mainly by the LF, that the FPM was obstructing the government formation.According to Bassil, the FPM (29 MPs) should get six ministers; Hezbollah and the Amal Movement (30 MPs) six ministers; the Future Movement (20 MPs) four ministers; the LF (15 MPs) three ministers; the PSP (nine MPs) two ministers; and the Marada Movement (seven MPs) one minister.
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