File - Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a Parliament session in Beirut, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
Your feedback is important to us!
We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.
Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.
Alert: If you are facing problems with posting comments, please note that you must verify your email with Disqus prior to posting a comment. follow this link to make sure your account meets the requirements. (http://bit.ly/vDisqus)
Speaker Nabib Berri is expected to convene a Parliament meeting to elect a new president by end of this month or early May, a March 8 source said Sunday, implicitly rejecting the patriarch's call for an early session this week.The source said a Parliament meeting, scheduled for Tuesday to debate and vote on the public sector's controversial salary scale bill, has made holding an early session to elect a new president impossible.Salam is expected to meet President Michel Sleiman Monday.Earlier Sunday, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai urged Berri to begin convening Parliament this week to elect a new president, as Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea sounded confident that his March 14 allies would support his candidacy. Rai indicated that Parliament must begin meeting to elect a new president after it is done debating and voting on the salary scale bill for the public sector employees and teachers.Lebanon last month entered the two-month constitutional deadline for Parliament to meet to elect a new head of state to replace Sleiman whose six-year term expires on May 25 . Bishop Elias Awdeh, the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Beirut, called for the election of a peace-loving president in Lebanon.
FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE