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Hariri meets with Amal, Hezbollah aides

Prime Minister Saad Hariri heads a Cabinet session in Beirut, Oct. 14, 2019. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Caretaker Prime Minister Saad Hariri, caretaker Finance Minister Ali Hasan Khalil and Hussein Khalil met Saturday to discuss the formation of a new government.

The finance minister is a top aide to Amal Movement leader Nabih Berri, while Hussein Khalil is a close political advisor of Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah. The three met at Hariri's residence in Downtown Beirut.

According to local media reports, the officials discussed the current impasse in forming a new government, but did not reach any concrete conclusions.

They decided that each party would provide its response to what was discussed by Monday, according to local TV station MTV.

Hariri is reportedly insisting on a technocratic government, while Hezbollah views such a move with suspicion.

Hariri resigned from the premiership on Oct. 29, bringing the government down with him, after nationwide demonstrations swept the country demanding the resignation of the entire ruling class.

President Michel Aoun must now hold consultations with lawmakers to designate a new prime minister, who will then go on and assemble a government. While Hariri is considered a leading contender for this position – despite protesters' demands that all politicians leave – Aoun is reportedly holding up the process until the shape of the new government is determined.

 

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