Prime Minister-designate Saad Hariri will meet with Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri in the coming hours in order to decide on his next step regarding the formation of the new government, media reports said.
“Hariri does not seem to be inclined to submit a new line-up to the President as has been widely circulated,” Annahar newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing unnamed sources.
“The consultations between him, Berri, the former premiers and his bloc are still ongoing and have not led to final decisions regarding any direction,” the daily added.
Center House sources meanwhile told al-Joumhouria newspaper that the Hariri-Berri meeting would tackle several practical proposals that Berri had suggested.
The proposals call for Hariri to “present a cabinet line-up at the Baabda Palace” or to “step down on the condition of naming (a successor) who enjoys prior approval from Hariri,” the sources added.
The sources, however, noted that Hariri is “open to all choices, except for naming a successor, seeing as he does not want to repeat his September experience with Ambassador Mustafa Adib or the Hassan Diab nomination process.”