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Adwan Warns Aoun, Says LF Again Wants 5 Seats, Sovereign Portfolio

Lebanese Forces deputy chief MP George Adwan lashed out Tuesday at the apparent rejection of the Cabinet line-up that Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri presented to President Michel Aoun on Monday, announcing that the LF will again insist on five ministerial seats including a so-called sovereign portfolio.

“The LF made utmost concessions over its rights, which made some think that there is a 'bazar'. After what happened, we will once again demand five ministerial seats including a sovereign portfolio,” Adwan told MTV.

“What happened will only harm the new presidential tenure,” Adwan warned.

“It's about time the Free Patriotic Movement made concessions to facilitate the formation process,” the lawmaker went on to say.

Hariri's draft line-up gives the LF four ministerial seats without a sovereign portfolio according to media reports. The four portfolios referred to as 'sovereign' in Lebanon are foreign affairs, defense, interior and finance.

The Presidency said Aoun voiced reservations over the line-up based on “the standards that he had announced for the government's format which are necessary to achieve the country's interest.”


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