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Lebanon's Hariri says concessions made, hopes for govt formation soon

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Lebanon's Hariri says concessions made, hopes for govt formation soon
FILE PHOTO: Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri talks inside the parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon May 28, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo   -   Copyright  MOHAMED AZAKIR(Reuters)
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BEIRUT (Reuters) – Lebanese Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri on Tuesday said he hoped a new government would be formed after President Michel Aoun returns from a trip abroad.

“There are concessions from all sides, including the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM),” Hariri told reporters. “We hope for the formation of a government after the return of the president from Yerevan.”

Rivalry between the two leading Christian parties – the FPM, allied to the Shi’ite Islamist Hezbollah movement, and the anti-Hezbollah Lebanese Forces (LF) is widely seen as the main obstacle to a deal, more than five months after national elections.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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