Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri speaks during a session at the Parliament in Beirut, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Speaker Nabih Berri described in comments published Friday the first round of the presidential election as a "rehearsal" and said next week's session will be aimed at electing a new head of state.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, the first to publicly announce his candidacy, gained 48 out of 128 votes against 52 blank ballots cast by most of the March 8 coalition's MPs while 16 votes went to MP Henri Helou, who was nominated by Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt, and one vote for Kataeb leader Amin Gemayel.Another session for the presidential election is scheduled next week.
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