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Lebanon's parliament speaker says still sticks to French initiative

FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri is seen at the presidential palace in Baabda, Lebanon, November 6, 2017. Dalati Nohra/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese parliament speaker Nabih Berri, who is the leader of the Shi’ite Muslim Amal Movement, said his group would stick to a French initiative after the plan was dealt a blow by the prime minister-designate’s decision to step down.

“Our position is to stick to the French initiative and its content,” Berri said in a statement, after a dispute over the new cabinet that centred around a demand by Amal and its ally Iran-backed Hezbollah to name several ministers.

Reporting by Beirut bureau; Writing by Raya Jalabi; Editing by Edmund Blair