Berri heads a meeting of Parliament’s secretariat in Beirut Wednesday. (The Daily Star/Hasan Ibrahim, HO)
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Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday called for a legislative session of Parliament at the outset of next week to ratify a large number of significant bills – what would be the first substantive session of the new legislature since its election in May.Similarly, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri said Wednesday evening that "all political parties should calm down and speak coolly, and everything can be solved then," in comments made to journalists at the Beirut Art Fair. He added that he hoped government formation would happen "today, before tomorrow," a statement form the premier's office said. The FPM is involved in two of the major disputes blocking Cabinet formation, including a fight over Christian representation between the FPM and the LF, and the issue of Druze representation – where the FPM has backed MP Talal Arslan in his bid to take one of the three Cabinet seats allocated to the Druze sect in a 30-minister government.Geagea was referencing a Cabinet formula that Hariri presented to Aoun earlier this month that would have seen the LF granted four ministries – including a services ministry, rather than a sovereign one as it had previously demanded.
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