The Progressive Socialist Party and the Lebanese Forces are discussing “how to make a settlement with a premier who would confront Free Patriotic Movement chief Jebran Bassil,” al-Akhbar newspaper reported on Monday.
“That’s why PSP and LF representatives yesterday discussed the name of the candidate who would best represent their plan, and they found (in principle) no one better than Miqati to delegate him for this role,” the daily added.
Quoting informed sources, the newspaper said the PSP is “leaning towards Miqati,” while the LF is still looking into “the political and governmental price that it will win in return for the nomination.”
“Sideline discussions have kicked off between Miqati and the LF, with the backing of the PSP, over what portfolios Miqati can offer, especially that the LF considers that it has a right get half of the Christian ministerial share,” al-Akhbar added.
Maarab has meanwhile set a Tuesday date for taking its decision in light of receiving a “decisive answer” from Miqati, the daily said.
The sources added that LF leader Samir Geagea “has become convinced that Miqati is the only serious candidate in the (political) arena, amid a French green light, no American objection and Saudi indifference.”