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A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Bassil said the FPM had agreed to include Alawite and Assyrian ministers in the Cabinet. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Free Patriotic Movement leader Gebran Bassil Thursday gave no signs that progress had been made in the monthslong effort to form a new Cabinet, having dismissed optimism from Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri last week.Bassil cited demands the FPM had backed down from as evidence of the FPM's willingness to compromise.Bassil revealed that he suggested Hariri grant the Interior Ministry to the Lebanese Forces, a rival Christian party, which is currently held by Hariri's Future Movement. A primary blockage in forming a new government is the bickering between the LF and the FPM over the split in Christian-led ministries. While Bassil said he had no problem with the LF taking a sovereign ministry, he reiterated previous statements that the LF has the right to three ministers at most. However, Bassil said the LF breached the agreement and that this was the reason for his aggressive stance against the party.Bassil also said that he had no problem with the LF getting more than three ministries if that did not mean a reduction in the FPM's and the president's ministries. Separately, the minister took a dig at the LF as he praised recent rapprochement between Marada leader Sleiman Frangieh and the LF's Samir Geagea.
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