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Hariri Asks Berri for Help, Promises Solutions to Form Govt

Hariri Asks Berri for Help, Promises Solutions to Form Govt

Friday, 10 August, 2018 - 06:45
Hariri visiting Berri on Thursday/NNA
Beirut- Asharq Al Awsat
Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri promised to present new solutions in the next few days that might facilitate the cabinet formation and said he asked for the Speaker’s help in the formation process.

Hariri’s visit to Speaker Nabih Berri in Ain Al-Tineh on Thursday came few days after the latter met with caretaker Foreign Minister and head of the Free Patriotic Movement Gebran Bassil to discuss obstacles hindering the birth of a new cabinet over disputes linked to ministerial shares.

The PM-designate urged all political sides to prioritize the country's interest over partisan interests.

Later on Thursday, Hariri received Bassil at the Central House and the two leaders discussed recent political developments, including those related to the formation of the new government.

“We are in a difficult economic and regional situation," Hariri said, disclosing that further meetings will be taking place in the coming days to end the deadlock.

Refusing to comment on some parties’ threats to resort to the street, he denied any external interference to prevent the formation of a new government, saying such a delay was an "internal" issue over shares.

Hariri said he would visit President Michel Aoun when he is ready to offer a cabinet formula.

Also, Lebanese Forces deputy George Adwan said the reason behind the delay in the government formation was "internal," stressing that the key hurdle lies in the distribution of shares.

The MP said “Hezbollah” was one of the parties that most supports the formation of a new government.

Meanwhile, the "Loyalty to the Resistance" parliamentary bloc sounded the alarm on the stalemate, warning that further procrastination risks tension.

"The formation process has taken so long and the delay has started to risk sliding toward tension," the bloc said in a statement following its regular meeting.

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