LF, PSP Reportedly Make Concessions to Facilitate Govt. Formation

The Lebanese Forces and the Progressive Socialist Party have made concessions in their demands in order to facilitate the formation of the new government, media reports said.

Sources informed on the negotiations told Asharq al-Awsat daily in remarks published Sunday that LF leader Samir Geagea has proposed dropping the LF's demand to get the deputy PM post and a sovereign ministerial portfolio in return for getting “four essential and significant portfolios.”

Geagea made the proposal in his latest meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, the sources said.

“This proposal coincides with positive efforts that Speaker Nabih Berri is exerting with PSP chief ex-MP Walid Jumbat that could lead to resolving the Druze obstacle,” the sources added.

“The proposal that is being discussed calls on Jumblat to accept two Druze ministerial seats for his party and a third Druze figure who would be close to him and also to caretaker Minister of the Displaced Talal Arslan, with guarantees from Berri,” the sources said.

“This format represents the best possible solution to resolve the Christian and Druze obstacles, but the issue hinges on the responsiveness of the president and his party,” the sources went on to say.

They also noted that Hariri will present a line-up based on these proposals during his expected meeting with President Michel Aoun.

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