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Hezbollah accepts Hariri’s cabinet line-up

Lebanon’s Hezbollah has agreed to join a national unity government proposed by Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri, ending months of political deadlock.

A senior opposition source said on Friday that the opposition, including resistance movement, Hezbollah, has finally agreed with the 15-10-5 formula, which gives Hariri’s coalition 15 portfolios and the opposition 10, with the remaining five chosen by the president.

“The Lebanese opposition has approved the proposed unity government”, the source told Reuters after opposition leaders held a late-night meeting.

Hariri’s proposal gives the opposition the key Telecommunications Ministry — which is of great security and financial importance. Hezbollah is expected to hold two portfolios.

The opposition will officially inform Hariri, who has been struggleing to form a government since June, of its decision on Saturday and the new government is expected to be formed in the coming two days.

Saad Hariri’s first bid to reach agreement with Lebanon’s various political parties failed in September after the opposition rejected his proposed cabinet. This is his second attempt to form a government since the June election.

Hariri’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment on the report.

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