Report: Tripartite Meeting Expected to Announce Govt. Formation Decrees

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A tripartite meeting between President Michel Aoun, PM-designate Saad Hariri and Speaker Nabih Berri is expected in the coming days to announce the government formation decrees, after the progress made in recent days amid concessions from several parties, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

Sources following up on the formation process told the daily “the timing of the formation process was subject to the return of Speaker Nabih Berri from Geneva. He returned back to Beirut Thursday evening, hence the formation decrees will expectantly be issued in the next few days.”

The sources added that a “tripartite meeting will be held at Baabda Palace between Aoun and Hariri first after which, according to the constitution, Berri will be invited by the President to join.”

On Thursday, Hariri said the new government “will be formed this week and not next week. There are some small pending details and the government will bring together everyone.”

For his part, Aoun heralded a “near” government lineup when he told reporters on Thursday that its formation is “just around the corner.”

The formation process has made significant progress in recent days amid concessions from several parties.

Hariri was tasked with forming the new government on May 24. His mission was hampered by political wrangling over shares, especially over the Christian and Druze seats.

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