Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri arrives for a Cabinet session in Baabda, Monday, May 21, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to visit Baabda Palace in the next 48 hours to present President Michel Aoun with an outline on the distribution of ministerial portfolios among the country's major blocs in the hope of breaking the two-month Cabinet stalemate, political sources said Monday.Hariri's remarks did not herald an imminent breakthrough in the Cabinet deadlock and his expected meeting with Aoun is likely to put to test his optimism about forming a 30-member national unity government representing all the country's political parties.Lebanese Forces MP George Adwan also sounded pessimistic about the government formation after meeting with Speaker Nabih Berri.The Future Movement's bloc, which met under Hariri, urged rival political factions to make concessions in order to facilitate the government formation.Similarly, Hariri has vowed to name all six Sunni ministers in the new government, ruling out the possibility of representing Sunni lawmakers not affiliated with his Future Movement.
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