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Aoun was accompanied by caretaker Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, the head of the Free Patriotic Movement, who is embroiled in an escalating row with the Lebanese Forces over Christian representation in the new government.Hariri met Wednesday with MP Wael Abu Faour, sent as a special envoy by former MP Walid Joumblatt, the leader of the Progressive Socialist Party.Hariri presented his first draft Cabinet formula to Aoun on Sept. 3, but it did not succeed in breaking the deadlock after failing to gain the support of Aoun and the FPM.Hariri, who was appointed on May 24 to form a national unity government representing all the main political parties, has said the Cabinet formation is still being stalled by the competing demands of the Lebanese Forces, the Progressive Socialist Party and the Marada Movement.The representation of the Christian community is fiercely contested between the FPM and the LF.LF officials have accused Bassil of preventing the party from obtaining significant Cabinet representation commensurate with the results of the elections, in which the LF nearly doubled its number of MPs, from eight to 15 .MP George Okeis from the LF's parliamentary Strong Republic bloc said his party insisted on a weighty Cabinet share.
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