Hariri heads a meeting of the Future Movement bloc in Beirut, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday denied any external interference to prevent the formation of a new government, saying on the contrary there is an international push to accelerate the formation and begin the implementation of reforms demanded by the CEDRE conference to salvage Lebanon's struggling economy. Hariri, who was designated with an overwhelming parliamentary majority to form a national unity Cabinet representing all parties, again urged political adversaries to make concessions to facilitate the government's formation.Speaking to reporters before chairing the weekly meeting of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc, Hariri dismissed allegations of external interference in the government formation process.The government formation impasse was discussed during the Future bloc's meeting, chaired by Hariri at his Beirut Downtown residence.The statement came after some local newspapers published articles Tuesday quoting anonymous sources, including "high-level political sources," who said Hariri had asked French President Emmanuel Macron to intervene with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman to facilitate the formation of the government.
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