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Lebanon's Patriotic chief scraps agreement with Lebanese Forces




(MENAFN) On Tuesday, Free Patriotic Movement chief MP Jebran Bassil said that the FPM's landmark agreement with the Lebanese Forces "no longer exists," NaharNet reported.

The distribution of shares in the new government "should be proportional in order to form a national unity cabinet and if a party wants to voluntarily give up seats they are free to do so," said Bassil after the weekly meeting of the Strong Lebanon bloc.

"But if there is a party that does not want to give up seats because a political agreement no longer exists, no one can force it to do so," Bassil added, in an apparent reference to the deputy PM post that was given to the LF in the previous government.

The FPM and President Michel Aoun argue that there is a norm that allocates the
deputy premier post to the president in any government.

"Our bloc won 55% of the popular vote as the LF got 31%, Kataeb 7% and Marada 6%. People's will must be respected," Bassil added.

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Lebanon's Patriotic chief scraps agreement with Lebanese Forces

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