Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil arrives to attend a Cabinet session in Baabda, Thursday, April 26, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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in sight as FPM, LF stand their groundCaretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, currently at the center of a fierce struggle between the FPM and the Lebanese Forces over Christian representation in the new government, vowed not to relinquish any of his party's ministerial rights.LF former MP Antoine Zahra said his party had made concessions to help facilitate the formation of a new government, but he blamed Bassil for blocking the formation.Earlier in the day, Bassil appeared to toughen his opposition to the LF's demand for significant Cabinet representation, by declaring that the FPM would not give up its ministerial claims in the new government.The FPM leader urged rival parties not to squabble over "one minister more or one minister less," saying that the Lebanese youth did not care about slight differences in ministerial representation among each party.LF ministers and lawmakers have blamed Bassil for the government deadlock, 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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