Geagea places a red rose on a memorial for 'Marturs of the Lebanese Resisitance' in Maarab. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub)
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Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea Sunday implicitly lashed out at the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, blaming him for the government formation crisis by seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining significant Cabinet representation commensurate with its parliamentary size.Geagea also appealed to President Michel Aoun to intervene to save his presidency, starting with the formation of a new government, salvaging the presidential settlement, and curbing the "greed of some" – a clear reference to FPM leader and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, who has been accused by Lebanese Forces officials of seeking to monopolize key state posts. The formula has not only failed to gain the support of Aoun and the FPM, but it has also triggered 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 a government.Despite growing tensions between the LF and the FPM over Cabinet shares, Geagea said the 2016 Maarab understanding signed by the two parties that achieved inter-Christian reconciliation and contributed to Aoun's election as president, did not collapse as some FPM officials had said.
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