Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri meets caretaker Information Melhem Riachi. Dalati Nohra
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Efforts were stepped up over the weekend to resolve the problem of the Lebanese Forces' Cabinet share after its demand for the Justice Ministry had been spurned by President Michel Aoun, casting gloom over the government formation process, which this week enters its sixth month of deadlock.In addition to the LF representation, there is a lesser important problem facing the Cabinet formation, which is demands by Sunni lawmakers outside Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri's Future Movement to be represented in the new government, the source added.Hariri assured Geagea that he would not form a government without the LF, saying he wanted significant representation for the LF, the source said, adding the premier-designate promised to convey Geagea's demands to Aoun.Describing Geagea's meeting with Hariri as "very good," Zahra said the Cabinet formation process was now facing two problems: the representation of the LF and Sunni lawmakers outside the Future Movement following last week's speech by Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah.Qassem appeared to be implicitly referring to the LF after Hariri has vowed not to form a national unity government without the LF.
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