The “Lebanon Impact 2018” Awards were also distributed during the dinner. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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National entente government a must: HaririDismissing criticism over his draft Cabinet formula, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Friday he was determined to form a national entente government that represents all the main political parties to carry out economic reforms. Hariri stressed that he was abiding by the Constitution in his attempts to form a new government.Hariri's Cabinet lineup, which failed to gain the support of President Michel Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement, has sparked a heated row between the FPM, founded by Aoun, and Hariri's Future Movement over the prerogatives of the president and the prime minister-designate in forming the government.The major hurdles hindering the formation of a new government and alleged attempts to downsize the Lebanese Forces will figure high in a speech by LF leader Samir Geagea Sunday commemorating the "Lebanese resistance" martyrs, a reference to LF militiamen killed during the 1975-90 Civil War.Geagea and LF ministers and lawmakers have accused caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the FPM leader, of seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining a significant Cabinet share based on the results of the elections, when the party nearly doubled its MPs from eight to 15 .
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