Aoun and his wife arrive at the Zvartnots International Airport, in Armenia, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (The Daily Star/Dalati Nohra, HO)
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to present President Michel Aoun with an amended Cabinet formula when the latter returns from Armenia later this week in the hope of breaking the monthslong deadlock, political sources said Wednesday.The source gave no details on the changes introduced to the first draft Cabinet lineup that Hariri presented to Aoun on Sept. 3 and which drew reservations from the president over the allocation of ministerial posts to the Lebanese Forces and the Progressive Socialist Party. Hariri said Tuesday there has been a change in the proposed lineup, but did not give additional details on these changes. Maintaining his optimism, Hariri expressed hope a new government would be formed after Aoun's return. While a number of Future Movement MPs reflected Hariri's upbeat note, saying a new Cabinet would be formed by the end of the month, Speaker Nabih Berri appeared to be very cautious that the government formation deadlock, now in its fifth month, would be broken soon. LF leader Samir Geagea, whose party has been embroiled for more than four months in a fierce struggle with the Free Patriotic Movement over Christian representation in the new government, said the optimism about the imminent Cabinet formation was unfounded.
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