Hariri speaks to reporters after his meeting with Aoun at the Presidential Palace in Baabda, Wednesday, July 25, 2018. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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President Michel Aoun and Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri agreed Wednesday on two formulas on the distribution of Cabinet shares among the country's key blocs, raising hopes for a major breakthrough in the two-month government deadlock, political sources said.Aoun and Hariri also agreed that the president would name a Sunni minister to be part of his Cabinet share, whereby the prime minister-designate will name a Maronite minister to be part of the Future Movement's share, the source said.Whether the Aoun-Hariri agreement on the proposed Cabinet formulas would eventually lead to breaking the government impasse hinged largely on the response of the blocs' leaders.If Hariri meets Aoun Friday or Saturday, carrying with him the parties' endorsement of the proposed Cabinet formulas, the new government could see daylight before the end of the month coinciding with Army Day celebrations on Aug. 1, the source added.Speaking to reporters after meeting Aoun, Hariri said he was more optimistic than before about the government formation, adding that hurdles were being overcome. He said he had agreed with Aoun to accelerate the government formation with more frequent meetings between them.
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