Geagea and Bassil chat in Bkirki.
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The formation of a new government is being stymied by an ongoing struggle between the Free Patriotic Movement and the Lebanese Forces over Christian representation, political sources said Sunday, ruling out an imminent breakthrough in the Cabinet standoff, now in its second month.Hariri's planned meeting with Bassil is deemed crucial because he is currently at the center of the heated row with the LF over Christian representation in the new government. The meeting would also wrap up Hariri's consultations with leaders of major blocs on the government formation before presenting a Cabinet lineup to Aoun.LF ministers and 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.Attention is now focused on resolving the problem of Christian representation after a political source told The Daily Star last week that Aoun and Hariri have agreed to Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Joumblatt's demand to name the three ministers reserved for the Druze sect in a 30-member Cabinet, overcoming a major obstacle.
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