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

Oct 01

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

Lebanese President Michel Aoun's hint that he was seeking the formation of a majoritarian government has led parties that are concerned about their representation in power to meet to discuss their options.

Executive Chairman of the Lebanese Forces (LF) Samir Geagea received Saturday MP Akram Shehayeb, who conveyed a message from head 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 Geagea was 'in favor of the country.”

Jumblatt's message to Geagea aims at 'agreeing on the maximum facilitations 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 Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri in his efforts to reach a formula for a government of national unity that would include all parties.

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

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