Hariri heads a Future bloc meeting in Beirut, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Hariri upbeat govt will be formed after Aoun returnsSticking to his optimism, Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday expressed hope that a new government would be formed after the president returns from a trip to Armenia later this week.A source at Baabda Palace told The Daily Star that a meeting between Aoun and Hariri to discuss an amended Cabinet formula could take place after the president's return from Armenia.Hariri, who presented Aoun with his first draft Cabinet formula on Sept. 3 and which drew a number of reservations from the president over the allocation of ministerial posts to the LF and the Progressive Socialist Party, said there has been a change in the proposed line-up, but did not give additional details on these changes.Hariri said if he stepped aside during the formation process, he would not accept to be redesignated to form a government.In 2009 Hariri stepped down during the formation process before being redesignated as premier.Following its meeting chaired by Hariri, the Future bloc reiterated the prime minister-designate's commitment to the formation of a national entente government.
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