Hariri greets children during an iftar hosted by Dar al-Aytam in Beirut, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday appeared to be unfazed by parliamentary blocs' conflicting demands for key ministerial portfolios, saying he was optimistic that a new government would be formed "very fast".A political source said Hariri was expected to meet with senior Saudi officials to discuss the formation of a Cabinet following Lebanon's parliamentary polls earlier this month.Hariri said he did not present to the president any preliminary Cabinet lineup, but reiterated his support for a "national entente government".In addition to the president's potential share of ministers in the new Cabinet, Hariri said the prime minister would also have his own share.Although various blocs have promised Hariri to help facilitate and accelerate the Cabinet formation, it remains to be seen how much of these promises will translate into action.Before meeting Aoun, Hariri chaired the weekly meeting of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc, which stressed that local and external challenges facing Lebanon required the rapid formation of the new government.
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