Prime Minister Saad Hariri and President Michel Aoun attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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impasse linked to presidential race: AounAoun weighed in on the government formation stalemate, now in its third month with no solution in sight, saying that demands by the LF and the Progressive Socialist Party for significant Cabinet shares were blocking the formation.Aoun said Bassil, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement founded by Aoun, has been the target of media campaigns and harsh rhetoric recently, mainly by ministers and lawmakers from the LF and the PSP, because he is a front-runner in the presidential battle.Commenting on the Cabinet formation standoff, Aoun said the obstacles caused by the demands of the LF and the PSP have yet to be resolved.Riachi said Aoun told him to discuss the LF demand with Hariri.LF ministers and lawmakers have blamed Bassil for the delay in the government's formation, accusing him of seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining a significant Cabinet share based on the results of the elections, when the party boosted its representation from eight to 15 MPs.
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