Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian meets with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri on July 18, 2018 (The Daily Star/ Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Lebanon's Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdel-Latif Derian Wednesday threw his weight behind Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri following reported tensions between Hariri and President Michel Aoun over the delay in the formation of a new government.Derian's meeting with Hariri coincided with major hurdles still facing the prime minister-designate in his attempts to form a 30-member national unity government comprising all the political parties, nearly two months after he was designated with the job. Regarding the problem of Christian representation in the new government – fiercely contested between the FPM and the Lebanese Forces – the paper quoted the sources as saying that Hariri had met with LF leader Samir Geagea last week, while he did not meet with FPM leader and caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil to discuss this problem.Despite differences between the LF and the FPM over Christian representation in the government, Strida Geagea said the LF upheld the 2016 Maarab agreement signed by the two parties that achieved an inter-Christian reconciliation and contributed to Aoun's election as president in October 2016 .
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