Prime Minister-designat Saad Hariri speaks to reporters after meeting with President Michel Aoun at Baabda Palace, Wednesday Oct. 3 2018. (The Daily Star/Mohamad Azakir)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Monday appeared to be in a race against time in his attempts to form an all-embracing government during the 10-day deadline he had set to break the monthslong Cabinet deadlock.NBN further asked whether Hariri still adopted the 10-day deadline for announcing a national unity government in which all the main political parties are represented, and whether he would hold another meeting with President Michel Aoun this week before the latter leaves on a two-day visit to Armenia Wednesday to attend the Francophone conference.Political sources said Hariri's efforts to form a new government would not be affected by Aoun's travel.MTV said Hariri still insisted on the first draft Cabinet formula he had presented to Aoun last month and would not consider Bassil's proposed criterion that calls for one minister for five MPs. Bassil's proposal seemingly appeared to target the LF which, having boosted its MPs from eight to 15 in the May parliamentary elections, has been demanding a significant Cabinet share of five ministers.
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