Lebanese party signals no breakthrough on government yet

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The leader of one of Lebanon’s main Christian parties said on Friday he didn’t want to create “artificial optimism” about a breakthrough in talks over a new government, a day after Prime Minister-designate Saad al-Hariri said one would be formed soon.

Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) leader Gebran Bassil, in a televised news conference, stuck by his party’s existing demands for portfolios in the new unity government. Hariri said on Thursday the new government would be formed within a week to 10 days because the economy could not tolerate further delay.

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