Hariri meets with seventy students from Stanford Graduate School of Business in Beirut, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri called for calm and said he would do his utmost to facilitate the formation of a new government after a senior Progressive Socialist Party official Thursday launched a scathing critique of President Michel Aoun. When Aoun landed in Beirut Wednesday evening after a trip to France to speak at the opening of the European Parliament's 2018-19 session, he was met with a caustic statement from MP Wael Abu Faour, who criticized both speeches the president gave.In his speech to the European Parliament, Aoun had spoken of Lebanon's democracy, human rights and coexistence.Aoun and Joumblatt have been at odds over the formation of a new government; the latter has been unyielding in his demand for all three Druze ministers in the event of a 30-member Cabinet.Aoun, for his part, has cited May's parliamentary elections as a reason to give one of the minority sect's ministers to another party.Hariri called for calm and said he would do his utmost to facilitate the formation of a new government.
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