President Michel Aoun meets French ambassador Bruno Foucher. Dalati Nohra
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France Monday joined Lebanese leaders in underlining the urgency for the quick formation of a new government as an essential move to carry out economic reforms demanded by the CEDRE conference to rescue Lebanon's ailing economy. The plea was made by French Ambassador to Lebanon Bruno Foucher during his meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace, with talks focusing on the formation of a new government and expanding Lebanese-French relations, a statement from Aoun's media office said.Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's draft Cabinet formula presented to Aoun on Sept. 3 has failed to break the deadlock after having failed to gain the support of Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement.Besides failing to gain the support of Aoun and the FPM, the formula 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 – raising a sensitive issue over the country's delicate power-sharing formula.Ferzli, who belongs the FPM's parliamentary Strong Lebanon bloc, said Aoun did not back off from the possibility to send a letter to Parliament in an attempt to break the formation impasse.
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