Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri heading into the second day of a legislative session, Sept. 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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The Future Movement's parliamentary bloc Tuesday warned against proposing new formulas for Cabinet formation and plunging Lebanon again into a situation where state institutions are paralyzed.The bloc was apparently referring to a proposal floated by President Michel Aoun last week for the formation of a majoritarian government if Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri was unable to form a national unity government, and also to the 2014 presidential vacuum caused by the Free Patriotic Movement that left the country without a president for 2 1/2 years.In a statement issued after its weekly meeting chaired by Hariri at his Downtown residence, the bloc again appealed to all political parties to facilitate the premier-designate's mission to form a national entente government by making mutual concessions.Last week, Aoun, apparently infuriated by the delay in the Cabinet formation, floated a proposal for a majoritarian government in the event that Hariri was unable to form a national unity government.The FPM, founded by Aoun, and its ally, Hezbollah, had been blamed for the presidential vacuum, which ended with the election of Aoun as president on Oct. 31, 2016, as part of a political settlement reached between the FPM and the Future Movement that also brought Hariri back to the premiership.
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