Prime Minister Saad Hariri escorting Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel of Sweden during a tour of downtown Beirut. AFP / DALATI AND NOHRA / STRINGER
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Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri Tuesday promised to form a new government in the next few days, saying that he was working to resolve the problem of the Lebanese Forces' Cabinet representation, the last major stumbling block to the formation.No details of the talks emerged, the latest in a series of behind-the-scene meetings between Hariri and Bassil in an attempt to narrow differences over the LF's Cabinet share. The meeting with Bassil came a day after Hariri held talks with caretaker Information Minister Melhem Riachi as special envoy of LF leader Samir Geagea after the prime minister-designate was reported to have presented the LF with a new Cabinet offer. Speaking during the weekly meeting of the Future Movement's parliamentary bloc he chaired at his Downtown residence, Hariri said he would not cede the Telecommunications Ministry, currently held by a member of the Future Movement, to the LF as a substitute for the Justice Ministry after President Michel Aoun insisted on retaining it to one of his loyalists as part of his share.Hariri was also quoted as saying he would not accept demands by Sunni lawmakers outside his Future Movement to be represented in the Cabinet.Hariri also denied reports that he was ready to cede the Telecommunications Ministry to the LF as a means of resolving the problem of the party's Cabinet share.
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