Lebanese officials stand in a moment of silence prior to a May 16, 2018, Cabinet session at Baabda Palace. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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While consultations and negotiations to form a new government are underway, there are hopes the upcoming Cabinet will witness a boost in the number of women appointed to ministerial positions.Women's presence in Parliament did not see much of an increase in the recent general elections – only six female candidates gained seats out of the 86 who ran.While most parties have expressed their support for seeing a greater share of women in the new government, there have been no serious moves to implement a quota for female members of Parliament or of the Cabinet.Similarly, the Free Patriotic Movement voiced its support for women's participation and confirmed the party would most likely nominate female members to the new Cabinet.An FPM source said the head of the party's Strong Lebanon parliamentary bloc Gebran Bassil has not yet discussed or revealed names of women who will be nominated by the party for ministerial seats, as the matter depends on the portfolios that will be granted to the party.
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