Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri and Lebanon's Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh attend an economic conference in Beirut, Lebanon July 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to meet with caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil before visiting President Michel Aoun to present him with the first draft Cabinet lineup, political sources said Friday.LF ministers and lawmakers have accused Bassil of obstructing the government's formation by seeking to prevent the LF from obtaining a Cabinet share proportionate with its parliamentary size.The LF's request has been rejected by Aoun and Bassil.LF's caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi hinted at Bassil's tough stance on the LF's Cabinet share after meeting with Berri at his Ain al-Tineh residence. A political source told The Daily Star Thursday Aoun and Hariri have agreed to Joumblatt's demand to name the three ministers reserved for the Druze sect in a 30-member Cabinet, overcoming a major obstacle to the government formation.Future Movement MP Samir Jisr said he hoped a meeting between Aoun and Hariri over the weekend would be "decisive" regarding the government formation.
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