Hariri Offers Geagea '5 Seats', to Meet Jumblat, Bassil

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea discussed the possibility of granting the LF five ministerial seats during their meeting Wednesday evening, media reports said.

Under the reported solution, the LF would give up its demand get the deputy PM post and its demand to get a so-called sovereign ministerial portfolio in return for getting five instead of four seats, highly informed sources told al-Liwaa newspaper in remarks published Thursday.

LF sources meanwhile described the meeting as full of “positivities” and noted that the LF is showing “flexibility” but does not have the intention to “give up any representational right” in light of the gains it made in the May parliamentary elections.

Hariri will also meet in the coming days with Progressive Socialist Party leader Walid Jumblat and Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil, al-Liwaa quoted sources informed on the formation process as saying.

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