File - Prime Minister Saad Hariri reviews honor guards at the Grand Serail in Beirut, Monday, April 4, 2011. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri and Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil agreed during a meeting Tuesday to work on ensuring that presidential elections are held on time and to continue bilateral contacts, Future Movement sources told The Daily Star.The meeting came on the eve of a Parliament session that is expected to be unable to elect a president Wednesday, with most March 8 lawmakers scheduled to not attend. A senior March 8 source said that most of the coalition's MPs – who number around 57 – would not attend a Parliament session called by Speaker Nabih Berri Wednesday to elect a president.According to them, Berri said he would wait for 30 minutes for a quorum to be achieved Wednesday and would call for another session if it was not met.Lebanese Forces leader Samir Geagea, the March 14-backed candidate, won 48 votes against 52 blank ballots cast by lawmakers from Aoun's bloc and March 8 parties.
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