An Amal movement supporter carries a picture depicting Musa Sadr during a rally in Baalbeck, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (The Daily Star/Nidal Solh)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's fresh consultations with political leaders have so far failed to make a major breakthrough in the monthslong government formation deadlock, as rival parties stick to their demands for key ministerial posts, political sources said Friday.The gloomy prospects for the formation of a new government at anytime soon were reflected in separate statements made Friday by Speaker Nabih Berri and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, who is currently at the center of an escalating row with the Lebanese Forces over Cabinet shares for the Christian community.Despite the major obstacles blocking the government formation, Hariri sounded optimistic about resolving the crisis soon.Recalling that government formation had in the past taken several months, Hariri said: "Electing a president took us two and a half years.Baabda Palace sources said Hariri was set to meet with Aoun anytime to present him with a draft Cabinet formula, but only after the prime minister-designate has held talks with Bassil on resolving the problem of Christian representation, fiercely contested between the FPM and the LF.
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