Bassil Says Hariri Accepted Many Govt. Format 'Ideas'

Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri has expressed his approval of several new ideas regarding the format of the new government, Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil announced Monday after Center House talks.

“There are several ideas that are being mulled and they're all negotiable and PM-designate Hariri has expressed his approval of many of them,” Bassil said.

“There is a real opportunity to form the government if there are intentions in this direction and PM-designate Hariri will carry out the necessary contacts over the next two days to follow up on the issue,” Bassil added.

Media reports have said that President Michel Aoun will press Hariri to accept a proposed 32-minister government format as the cabinet formation process enters a “decisive week.”

“Work is still ongoing on the five ideas that were proposed by caretaker Foreign Minister Jebran Bassil to PM-designate Saad Hariri, including the 32-minister government,” Free Patriotic Movement sources told al-Akhbar newspaper in remarks published Monday.

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