Aoun attends a ceremony held by the Lebanese community in New York, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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majority govt would widen rifts: FutureThe formation of a majority government will not help resolve the monthslong Cabinet crisis, but will rather deepen political schisms in the country, the Future Movement warned Friday, in response to a controversial proposal from President Michel Aoun in the event that a national unity Cabinet cannot be formed.Hariri presented his first draft Cabinet formula to Aoun on Sept. 3, but it did not succeed in breaking the deadlock after failing to gain the support of Aoun and the FPM.The representation of the Christian community is a major bone of contention between the FPM and the LF. Geagea and other LF officials have accused FPM leader and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil of preventing the party from obtaining significant Cabinet representation commensurate with the results of the elections, in which the LF nearly doubled its number of MPs, from eight to 15 .Aoun said if there was a new formula upon his return to Beirut, "I will review it and see if it adopts an entente, to decide what we will do". But he refused to hold Hariri responsible for holding up the government.
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