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Hariri Hands Aoun Format of 'No Victors, No Losers' Govt.

PM-designate Saad Hariri announced Monday that he presented to President Michel Aoun a format for "a national unity government" that does not entail a "victory" for a political camp over another.

Speaking to reporters after his long-anticipated meeting with Aoun in Baabda, Hariri said the proposed format would involve "sacrifices from all parties."

Hariri also noted that he took the demands of all parties into consideration while emphasizing that only him and Aoun possess the format's exact details.

Informed sources meanwhile told LBCI TV that Hariri's remarks reflect the reality of what happened.

"The format includes the blocs' shares and portfolios without any names and it consists of 30 ministerial seats. Only the president and the PM-designate have knowledge of the format's details," the sources added.

Earlier in the day, Hariri had held talks at the Center House with caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil.

Talks focused on the efforts to form a new government, Hariri’s media office said.

According to media reports, Hariri was expected to meet with Bassil on Sunday evening. Hariri later called the Free Patriotic Movement chief and agreed to meet with him today.

Hariri was tasked with forming a new government on May 24.

His mission has been delayed by wrangling between political parties mainly over Christian and Druze representation.


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