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Lebanon: Progressive Socialist Party, Lebanese Forces Worried as Majority Government Looms

 

As Lebanese President Michel Aoun hinted forming a majoritarian government, factions that find themselves targeted by this proposal have met for discussions, fearing to be expelled from the authority structure in case this government was formed.

Executive Chairman of the Lebanese Forces (LF) Samir Geagea received Saturday MP Akram Shehayeb, who conveyed a message from President of the Progressive Socialist Party (PSP) Walid Jumblatt on the developments of the government formation.

“There is no problem of Druze representation in the new government, except with some leading officials,” Shehayeb stressed.

Following the meeting, he said that his visit to Mearab was “in favor of the country.”

Jumblatt message to Geagea aims at “agreeing on the maximum facilities they can offer in the government formation process,” sources close to the PSP said.

The sources told Asharq Al-Awsat that the two parties stressed that the government settlement should not affect either of them, and that they will support PM Saad Hariri in his efforts to reach a formula for a government of national unity, including all parties.

“Indicators that has been received recently by Jumblatt are not reassuring,” sources said.

“It seems that Aoun-Bassil’s team is not only limiting the Druze representation of the PSP and insisting on appointing Talal Arslan, but also wants to grant him the portfolios of the environment and the displaced ministries.”

Source: Asharq Al- Awsat

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