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Report: Hariri-Bassil Expected to Hold Meeting on Govt. this Week

In light of “aggravating” stalemates obstructing the formation of Lebanon’s government, a meeting between Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri and caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil (Free Patriotic Movement chief) is expected to take place this week to address the issue, al-Akhbar daily reported on Monday.

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Bassil: Can’t Promise You the Future Without a Balanced Govt.

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil stressed on Sunday saying “we can’t promise you the future we want if we can’t get a balanced government.”

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Rahi: Parties Have No Right to Further Obstruct Govt. Formation

Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi stressed on Sunday that political parties “have no right” to further obstruct the formation of the country’s government after over two months since the designation of the prime minister.

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LF MP Says ‘Unfair’ to Blame Party for Govt. Delay

MP Wehbe Katicha of the Strong Republic (of the Lebanese Forces) parliamentary bloc said it is “unfair” to blame the LF for the Cabinet formation delay, stressing the party’s right to get a so-called sovereign portfolio being the “second largest Christian bloc in the parliament.”

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Report: Hariri’s Adviser Reveals ‘Active’ Steps for Refugees’ Return

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri’s adviser on Russian affairs, Georges Chaaban, revealed some “practical steps” to establish frameworks for the return of displaced Syrians from Lebanon, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat reported on Sunday.

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Bassil, Jumblat Trade ‘Appeasing’ Remarks, Affirm Adherence to Mountain Reconciliation

Caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil took to twitter on Friday praising the 1983 mountain reconciliation between the Christians and Druze, after which Druze leader Walid Jumblat replied saying "the past should be left behind."

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Teenager Arrested for Killing His Father, Wounding His Mother

The Baalbek judicial police arrested a 16-year-old boy for the murder of his father back in March and the wounding of his mother, the State-run National News Agency reported on Friday.

The teenager had fired gunshots at them while they were in their car near the family home in the village of Tal al-Abyad at the southern entrance of Baalbek, NNA said.

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Tripoli Customs Confiscate Unauthorized Products, Distribute Them to Charities

Police customs in Tripoli stopped the illegal entry from Syria of two trucks loaded with agricultural products, LBCI reported Friday.

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Report: PSP Reiterates Unwavering Stance over Cabinet Quota

The Progressive Socialist Party stressed that insistence of some to turn a “blind eye” on the outcome of the parliamentary elections and their reflection on the parties’ representation in the new Cabinet, will prolong the formation stalemate and negatively impact the country at several levels, al-Joumhouria daily reported on Friday.

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Report: ‘No Horizon’ for Lebanon Cabinet Formation

Political consultations gearing up to form a new Lebanese Cabinet seem to have “no horizon” in light of lingering obstacles, mainly the one related to the representation of the Lebanese Forces, the Saudi Asharq al-Awsat newspaper reported on Friday.

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