Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri speaks during a conference at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is determined to forge ahead with his attempts to form a new government, unruffled by pessimism that swept the country as a result of caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil's hard-line stance on the Lebanese Forces' Cabinet share, political sources said Sunday.Hariri last week called on political leaders to make concessions, saying he hoped a government would be formed in seven to 10 days.He said his optimism stemmed largely from the "positive talks" he held with President Michel Aoun the day before, in the first public encounter between them in a month since Hariri presented the president with his first draft Cabinet formula on Sept. 3 .A day after Hariri expressed optimism about forming the government within 10 days, Bassil told a televised news conference the LF should not be allocated more than three ministers despite having boosted its MPs from eight to 15 in the May elections.
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