Rai greets people in Barja, Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. (The Daily Star/NNA, HO)
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The government formation process is totally deadlocked as a new round of consultations has so far failed to narrow differences over Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's stalled draft Cabinet formula, political sources said Sunday.The source said Hariri had met with MP Ibrahim Kanaan from the Free Patriotic Movement, discussing the reservations of President Michel Aoun over the prime minister-designate's Cabinet lineup.Hariri presented Aoun on Sept. 3 with his first draft Cabinet formula since May 24, when he was appointed to form a government, but it failed to break the deadlock.The formula has not only failed to gain the support of Aoun and the FPM, but it has also 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 a government.Further complicating the Cabinet formation process is the escalating rhetoric between the FPM and the PSP in the past few days, reflecting differences over government shares.
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