Berri receives Hariri in Ain al-Tineh, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Lebanese Parliament, HO)
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Acknowledging political rivals' jockeying for key Cabinet shares was delaying the formation of a new government, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday urged in a stern tone all the parties to make sacrifices to accelerate its formation.Hariri stressed all the parties must realize the government formation should be a top priority, adding regional turmoil and the worsening economic situation should serve as a catalyst for hastening its formation.Hariri defended his political settlement with Aoun that led to Aoun's election as president in October 2016 and his return to the premiership.Hariri said he agreed with Berri on urging all the parties to help expedite the government formation, adding that he will have several meetings in the next two or three days to accelerate the formation.The Berri-Hariri meeting came a day after the speaker threatened to call a Parliament session to elect heads and members of parliamentary committees, in a move reflecting his frustration and annoyance at the delay in the formation of a new government.Following his talks with Berri, Hariri chaired the weekly meeting of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc which emphasized that priority should be given to the government formation.
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