Aoun Follows Up on Govt. Formation as Bassil Meets Hariri
President Michel Aoun continued Tuesday contacts aimed at facilitating the formation of the new government in light of the outcome of his Monday meeting with Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, the National News Agency said.
Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil, Aoun’s close aide and son-in-law, meanwhile held talks with Hariri at the Center House.
A statement issued by Hariri’s office said the talks tackled “the latest developments, especially those related to the formation of the government.”
The parties are currently discussing a new solution for the hurdle of representing six Hizbullah-backed Sunni MPs in the government after a row over the political alignment of consensus candidate Jawad Adra torpedoed a previous endeavor.
Media reports said that under the new proposal the consensus Sunni minister would be exclusively counted as part of the President’s share, which means that he would not take part in the meetings of the FPM’s Strong Lebanon bloc.