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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A 2016 political settlement that led to the election of Gen. Michel Aoun as president and brought Saad Hariri back to the premiership is still intact, despite differences over the delay in the formation of a new government, Aoun was quoted as saying Monday.As the government formation stalemate entered its third month with no solution in sight, Aoun was reported to have been infuriated by the delay in the formation, and floated the idea of forming a majority government if a national unity government representing all the political parties did not work.Aoun's stance drew a quick response from Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri who said last week that he was designated with an overwhelming parliamentary majority to form a national entente government embracing all the parties.The reported tensions between Aoun and Hariri over the delay in the government's formation had raised questions about the fate of the presidential political settlement reached between the two leaders. But Aoun denied the settlement which he called a "pact" was in jeopardy.Aoun hinted at external factors influencing the government formation process.
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