Hariri meets Mikati, Siniora and Salam at his Downtown residence.
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri is set to meet with President Michel Aoun in the next few hours to present him with a slightly modified Cabinet formula as efforts intensified to overcome the last two remaining obstacles over the Christian and Druze representation that are delaying the formation of a new government.The planned meeting, the second this month between Aoun and Hariri after the president had rejected the prime minister-designate's first draft Cabinet lineup on Sept. 3, was deemed crucial because it would herald whether the government formation deadlock, now in its fifth month, was finally on its way to being resolved.It was Hariri's first meeting in six weeks with the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, who has been accused by Lebanese Forces officials of blocking the government formation by seeking to prevent the LF from getting a significant Cabinet share commensurate with the results of the May parliamentary elections.Riachi, one of three LF ministers in Hariri's outgoing Cabinet, sounded optimistic about ongoing attempts to break the government standoff. He said Hariri was also optimistic that a new government would be formed within a few days.
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