Prime Minister Saad Hariri meets Minister Melhem Riachi. Dalati Nohra
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Hariri's attempts to form a 30-member national unity government comprising all the country's political parties have been stalled by differences over the representation of the Lebanese Forces and the Druze sect, and further stymied by spiraling tensions between the Free Patriotic Movement and the LF, sparked mainly by the two parties' bitter struggle over Christian representation in the government.A planned meeting between Bassil and Geagea, perceived as decisive for resolving the problem of Christian representation in the new government, appeared to be uncertain, given the unabated war of words between the FPM and the LF.LF lawmakers have accused Bassil of obstructing the government's formation by seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining a Cabinet share commensurate with its parliamentary size. Geagea and other LF officials, citing the Maarab agreement, insist the LF must have the same number of ministerial portfolios as that of the FPM in the new government.According to MTV, the Maarab agreement mandated equal ministerial representation between the LF and the FPM throughout all governments formed under Aoun.
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