Policemen try to open a gutter in a flooded street after heavy rains in Beirut's Ramlet al-Baida, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Lebanon will have a new government before the second anniversary of President Michel Aoun's election on Oct. 31, as the problem of Christian representation appears to have been resolved, political sources said Thursday.A source at Baabda Palace told The Daily Star that Lebanon will have a new government by early next week, expressing optimism that politicians were on the cusp of finding solutions to the few remaining obstacles, after five months of political wrangling over Cabinet shares.While optimism over an imminent government formation has been repeatedly reported, and ultimately proved unfounded, the Baabda source mentioned a specific solution to the feud between the Lebanese Forces and the Free Patriotic Movement, which has been a major obstacle in the formation process.In line with its long-standing demands, the LF would be given four portfolios, the source said, along with the post of deputy prime minister.It had previously been reported that Hariri would head to Baabda Palace to meet with Aoun to discuss the Cabinet formation process, which Wednesday entered its sixth month of deadlock.Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan was quick to hit back, saying there would be no government formed without the LF.
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