Senior officials from both sides have repeatedly asserted that the Maarab agreement and inter-Christian reconciliation are still intact. (The Daily Star/Aldo Ayoub, HO)
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In addition to ending decades of political feuds that culminated with fierce fighting between LF militiamen and Lebanese Army soldiers under the command of Michel Aoun during the 1975-90 Civil War, the agreement also contributed to Aoun's election as president in October 2016, ending a 2-1/2-year vacancy in the post. The accord was signed by LF leader Samir Geagea and FPM head and now caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil under Aoun's sponsorship.The LF's request has been rejected by Aoun and Bassil.LF officials have argued that as Geagea's support contributed to Aoun's election as president, the FPM should reciprocate by backing Geagea's presidential bid in 2022 .The LF demand for significant Cabinet representation has apparently irked Bassil, who argued that each party should be represented in the new government based on its parliamentary size.Geagea and other LF officials, citing the Maarab understanding, have maintained that the LF should have the same number of ministerial portfolios given to the FPM in the new government.However, Bassil and other FPM officials have accused LF officials of failing to support Aoun's term as stipulated by the agreement.
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