Mufti Derian meets some of the 'independent' Sunni MPs at Dar al-Fatwa. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra HO)
This article previously misstated the political affilitations of Jihad al-Samad and Faisal Karami. The Daily Star regrets this error.
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Six so-called "independent" Sunni MPs will meet with President Michel Aoun Friday, raising hopes that a solution to the latest obstacle in the long-standing government formation crisis is imminent, a source at Baabda Palace told The Daily Star.Hezbollah-affiliated caretaker Youth and Sports Minister Mohammad Fneish said he had no information on any impending solution to the issue.A national unity government appeared ready to be announced late last month after the fall of what was thought to be the last obstacle: the Lebanese Forces' representation. But shortly after, the six "independent" MPs, of which three belong to various parliamentary blocs, insisted on their demands as Hezbollah, their major ally, stood beside them.The six MPs include Walid Sukkarieh, a member of Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc; Qassem Hashem, a member of the Amal Movement's political bloc, and Jihad al-Samad, a member of the Azm bloc. With Aoun, Hariri and Hezbollah all as of yet refusing to budge on the issue, it is unclear where a solution could come from.MP Ali Bazzi from Speaker Nabih Berri's parliamentary bloc said the speaker has not been trying to mediate, and Berri has said repeatedly that the issue requires "prayers".Prior to the meeting, the religious leader received the Sunni MPs.
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