Lebanon's deputy parliament speaker sees promising signs in cabinet standoff

"There are promising possibilities that can be built on, but we have to wait a bit," Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli said

  
Lebanese members of parliament attend a parliament session in downtown Beirut, Lebanon January 27, 2020.

Lebanese members of parliament attend a parliament session in downtown Beirut, Lebanon January 27, 2020.

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BEIRUT- There are promising possibilities that could help end a deadlock over forming Lebanon's new cabinet, the deputy parliament speaker said on Wednesday after France backed a proposal to resolve the crisis. 

"There are promising possibilities that can be built on, but we have to wait a bit," Deputy Parliament Speaker Elie Ferzli said in televised comments.

He was also quoted by Lebanese broadcaster MTV as saying that Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri, a Shi'ite Muslim whose demand to choose the finance minister have been at the centre of the standoff, was "no longer pessimistic".

(Reporting by Tom Perry and Ellen Francis; Editing by Edmund Blair) ((Ellen.Francis@thomsonreuters.com;))

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