A seemingly relaxed Hariri speaks with reporters after meeting with Aoun at Baabda Palace.
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Wednesday struck an upbeat note on the formation of a new government after meeting with President Michel Aoun, in a development signaling that a major breakthrough in the monthslong Cabinet stalemate might be at hand.Hariri presented Aoun with his first draft Cabinet formula on Sept. 3, but it did not succeed in breaking the deadlock after failing to garner the support of Aoun and the Free Patriotic Movement, founded by the president.This contrasted sharply with a proposal floated by Aoun last week for the formation of a majoritarian government if Hariri was unable to form a national unity government.However, Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea sounded pessimistic about an early solution to the Cabinet formation crisis and called for Hariri's caretaker Cabinet to resume its meetings in order to address the country's economic and social problems.Geagea urged Aoun to intervene in the formation crisis so that each party would get his right to Cabinet representation.Bassil has been accused by LF officials of seeking to monopolize Cabinet seats and preventing the party from obtaining significant Cabinet representation commensurate with the results of the elections, in which the LF nearly doubled its number of MPs, from eight to 15 .
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